Ali Carter returned to competitive action with a 4-1 victory against Marco Fu in the General Cup in Hong Kong.
He was due to play in Sofia last month only for pains in his left arm following treatment to force him out.
The General Cup is a non-ranking tournament, but Carter could feature in next month's coveted UK Championship.
Carter tweeted: "All things considered, a great start for me beating a top player like Marco. Onwards and upwards."