Graeme Dott breaks left arm, out of Shanghai

Rumours are coming in that world number 13 Graeme Dott has had to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters due to an injury sustained during a football match involving some other players…

Dott, who was due to play Jamie Cope tomorrow is already well down in the provisional rankings and if true, this will not do his cause any good whatsoever. With the Grand Prix coming up in a couple of weeks his participation must be in serious doubt, though there are some suggestions that the break is to his wrist only that he may be able to recover in time. We will have to wait and see but either way this is such a shame given his improved form in recent months after the struggles of last season.

Dave Hendon of Snooker Scene reported on his blog earlier this evening:

“World Snooker Tournament Director Mike Ganley tells me that Dott has broken his left arm but that he may be fit to play in the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Glagsow in a fortnight’s time.”

Apparently, he put his hand up to block a shot and it broke a bone in his arm.