Mark Selby shines on Ultimate Pool return despite neck injury

August 30, 2022
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Gareth Potts and Mark Selby
Gareth Potts and Mark Selby were in fine form on Monday (Picture: Ultimate Pool)

Mark Selby returned to Ultimate Pool in style on Monday, teaming with brother-in-law Gareth Potts to win their group in the Pairs Cup and progress to the last 16.

The four-time world snooker champion, also a former eight-ball pool world champ, dipped his toe back into the pool world last September, teaming with Potts to great success.

With the snooker calendar quiet at the moment Selby was back on the small table again and the pair, being dubbed The Dream Team, won all three of their matches at the Players Pool & Snooker Lounge in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

There are still seven more groups of the Pairs Cup to be played, with the last 16 getting underway in October.

While the short matches on the small table represent a very different challenge to upcoming snooker events, it is encouraging for Selby as he is dealing with a pretty unpleasant neck injury.

After playing through the pain at the European Masters earlier this month, Selby went for an MRI scan and it confirmed that he has a problem with discs in his neck.

Selby tweeted: ‘So the MRI scan came back Thursday evening showing protruding disc C5 C6. Exactly same area as before. Seems to be easy a little than was a week or so ago so hope going the right way.

‘Good thing is I can still get down on shot with less discomfort than i did in Germany so hopefully on the mend. More physio Tuesday. #oldagekickingin.’

Selby will be back on the snooker table for the World Mixed Doubles on 24-25 September when he partners Rebecca Kenna in the new event on ITV.

This is quickly followed by the British Open which starts the day after, where Selby has a tough draw in round one against Ricky Walden.

The world number three is then playing the Hong Kong Masters in early October so it becomes quite a busy schedule for him. He will be hoping that the quiet period now, along with treatment, will help get his neck in shape to be at his best.

Another snooker star takes to Ultimate Pool this weekend as Mark Allen competes in the Players Championship over 3-4 September.

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