Stephen Hendry's snooker comeback has been delayed after he withdrew from next week’s WST Pro Series.

The seven-time world champion, who turned 52 on Wednesday, retired in 2012 but last year accepted a two-year invitational card to return to the big stage.

The WST Pro Series, a new tournament which beefs up snooker’s schedule with no overseas events due to coronavirus, sees 16 groups of eight players initially play best-of-three matches.

Hendry had been drawn in group G but will be replaced by John Astley, WST said on Friday.

The tournament will be held at snooker’s new regular base of Milton Keynes, where coronavirus protocols are in place and nearly all the sport’s events – including the ongoing Masters – have been held since it returned in June.