Two-time world finalist Ali Carter has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, World Snooker has confirmed.

In a statement realised on its official website, World Snooker said the 33-year-old was given the news last week and would undergo surgery tomorrow.

It represents another health setback for Carter, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 and has had a well-documented struggle with the illness.

"I hope to be back in action soon," said the three-time ranking event winner.

Carter, who lost both of his world finals to Ronnie O'Sullivan, is one of the most popular players on the professional tour, and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said of the Essex potter: "Ali has shown in his battle against Crohn's disease that he is a fighter.

"We hope for a positive outcome and everyone in snooker is 100 per cent behind him. We look forward to seeing him back on the circuit soon."