Stephen Maguire’s preparation for the defence of his Northern Ireland Trophy title has been severely affected after he suffered a suspected cracked rib playing badminton.
Maguire, the world no.2, sustained the injury before last weekend’s World Series event in Berlin where he was in pain on certain shots.
He is awaiting the results of an x-ray and hoping to make a full recovery for the Belfast tournament, which takes place from August 24-31.
“I fell and my hand went into my rib,” Maguire said. “It might be cracked. There are shots I can’t bend for.”
Maguire, 27, defeated Fergal O’Brien 9-5 to win the Northern Ireland title at the Waterfront Hall last year and followed it up by beating Shaun Murphy 10-9 to win the China Open in Beijing in March.