Ronnie O'Sullivan will play his first competitive match since April when he takes part in the German Masters qualifying event in Wigan this month.
O'Sullivan, 39, faces world number 123 Hamza Akbar at the Robin Park Sports Centre between 17 and 19 December.
He will need to win two matches to reach the final stages of the event, which is held in Berlin in February.
O'Sullivan has not played since a World Championship quarter-final loss to Stuart Bingham in April.
The five-time world champion, nicknamed 'the Rocket', last week confirmed he will play in the Masters in January,
He has won 27 ranking events in his career, including five Masters titles.