SNOOKER star Paul Hunter is facing an agonising wait for the results of a biopsy taken on six cysts discovered on his colon.
The Yorkshire star, who is fourth ranking player in Britain, is now awaiting more test results.
The 26-year-old had keyhole surgery earlier this month to determine the nature of the problem but the results were inconclusive.
The charismatic Hunter, who has already had four benign cysts removed from his testicles, arrived at the China Open event in Beijing with little practise, having been confined to his sofa - first through stomach pains and then recovering from surgery.
Hunter lives near Batley and practises for tournaments at the Syngenta Sports Club in Huddersfield.
The three times Benson and Hedges Masters champ, who got married to his sweetheart Lindsey in Jamaica last summer, said: "It's preying on my mind because I won't know the situation until I go home.
"I'm due to see the doctor again next Wednesday, they've taken some fluid away from the cysts and they're testing that at a laboratory.
"Thankfully the pain has gone now, but I haven't been able to play much snooker.
"I've just not been mobile enough, so this is a big result for me," he added.