The European Masters has received a huge blow on just its second day after it was announced two players had tested positive for coronavirus.
A statement on the World Snooker Tour website confirmed both Daniel Wells and Gary Wilson had contracted Covid-19 and have been withdrawn from the ranking event.
The statement adds that both Elliot Slessor and David Lilley came into contact with Wilson on Monday, while Michael White came into contact with Wells.
Slessor, Lilley and White have also been withdrawn from the event by WST.
Both Wells and Wilson arrived at the venue on Monday and were tested. The positive results were received on Tuesday morning. All other players and officials tested at the event so far have had negative results.
The opponents of the five players to withdraw will receive a bye to the second round – this includes David Gilbert, James Cahill, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Duane Jones and Mark Selby.
Wells, Wilson, Slessor, Lilley and White will now undergo a period of self isolation and will receive the support of the World Snooker Tour