Snooker: O'Sullivan set to reveal future next week

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to make a major announcement concerning his future in snooker on Tuesday.

O'Sullivan, a four-time world champion, has played only one competitive match this season after growing disenchanted with the sport in recent years.

The 37-year-old has until the end of February to decide whether to defend his world title at the Crucible before the entry list for the tournament closes.

Former world number one O'Sullivan, now ranked 24th, is expected to say at a press conference in London on Tuesday whether he will be returning to action in Sheffield event.

Organisers of the press conference said O'Sullivan will "make a statement regarding his future career plans".

O'Sullivan wrote to World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn in November to say he would be skipping the remainder of the season, sparking speculation that he was set to retire.

But the latest reports on O'Sullivan's future hint that he has had a change of plan and is ready to defend his world title despite his lack of match practice.