Kettering’s Wilson targeting an Indian return after he is forced to withdraw

Kyren Wilson has been forced to pull out of this week's Riga Masters
Kyren Wilson has been forced to pull out of this week's Riga Masters

Kettering snooker star Kyren Wilson is hoping to be fit and ready for the Indian Open next month after he was forced to pull out of this week’s Riga Masters in Latvia.

Wilson is suffering from a potential blood clot in his left leg and chose to withdraw from the first major competition of the season shortly before he was due to fly out from Stansted Airport on Tuesday evening.

The 24-year-old, who burst onto the scene last year when he won the Shanghai Masters title before finishing the season in the top 16 in the world rankings, revealed he does suffer with a circulation problem in his left leg.

And he is now hopeful the issue will settle down in time for him to compete in India from July 5 while the World Open in China follows on later in the month.

Wilson has had a busy summer on a personal level after he married his partner Sophie.

Speaking about his withdrawal from the Riga Masters, he said: “It’s not down to illness or anything like that but it’s a possible blood clot in my leg.

“I suffer with bad circulation in my left leg and I got back from my honeymoon in Spain and got to my wife’s parents’ house in Wales and her dad pointed out the swelling and my foot had pretty much doubled in size.

“I found a lump in the back of my leg, which I was a bit concerned about but I got it checked out on Tuesday, which was the day I was I supposed to be flying out.

“The doctor wasn’t 100 per cent confident that it was a blood clot so I set out for the airport but as I got close, my leg was throbbing so I just turned round and came home.

“It’s not really been this bad before. Like I said, I have always suffered with bad circulation in my left leg and I don’t know why.

“Even though I haven’t been playing snooker, I have still been travelling abroad for my stag do and honeymoon and there has been a great deal of time to rest.

“I knew I had Latvia, India and then China all coming up in quick succession and unfortunately I have had to pull out of this one.

“Hopefully, everything will settle down in time for India.”

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the Kettering star and he conceded a bit of rest is probably needed before he gets back into tournament action.

“It’s been a very busy time for me and I am one of these people that wants to work hard on my game,” Wilson added.

“With everything that has been going on I haven’t been able to practice as much.

“I will take the time to rest up for a bit and then I will be looking forward to getting back into things for the new season.”