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John Higgins battles through at the Scottish Open despite broken rib

Four-time World Champion Higgins reacts (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

John Higgins played through the pain barrier to book his place in the Second Round of the Scottish Open in Glasgow on Monday.

Higgins, appearing in his home tournament, defied a broken rib to edge past Sheffield's Adam Duffy 4-3 at the Emirates Arena.

Higgins had sustained the injury during a trip to Hampden Park to watch Celtic defeat Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final last weekend.

The 43-year-old, who crashed out of the recent UK Championship in Round Two, admitted he considered pulling out of the tournament and would have done so had it not been on home soil.

"It's a floating broken rib, it's happened before," Higgins explained to Eurosport.

"It's a football injury. It was the League Cup final up here last weekend and I'd had a few drinks.

"My family and friends were coming to see me. It's the only chance they get. They've not seen me in a final lately."

Following his defeat to Alan McManus in York last week, Higgins hinted he was contemplating retirement at the end of the season.

When asked if he could win the Scottish Open for a third time, he laughed: "No chance".

"My head is all over the place, I've never felt as bad as this," he added.


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