Tony Drago will play all three of his Malta Cup qualifying matches in his home country.

Drago, down to 52nd in the world rankings, is required to come into each event in the last 80 stage.

But he is Malta's top sportsman and to have a snooker tournament there without him is unthinkable.

It would have been too much to cross fingers and hope he came through the Prestatyn qualifiers.

It means the Malta Cup, staged at the magnificent Hilton Conference Centre in Portomaso, will now start a day earlier than planned, on January 28.

Drago would have to play every day for eight days if he reached the final. John Parrott and Michael Holt are guaranteed to be Malta-bound as they are seeded to play Drago in the last 64 and last 48 respectively.

You can view the qualifying draw on Global Snooker Centre here: http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Results/res06-7/06-7Malta.htm

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