KARL Boyes and Joshua Filler have joined the line-up for this weekend's MansionBet World Pool Masters in Gibraltar after Tony Drago and Francisco Bustamante and were forced to withdraw.

Bradford-born Boyes has always excelled at the top level as one of England's most successful players.

The WPA world eight-ball champion in 2010 lifted the World Cup of Pool alongside Darren Appleton in 2014 and finished runner-up at the US Open in 2015.

Boyes will face defending Masters champion David Alcaide of Spain in the first round this evening after Malta legend Drago was forced to pull out through illness.

"It's great to be back at the World Pool Masters," said 'Box Office' Boyes.

"I didn't play a lot last year but I'm back now and feeling good after winning on the GB Nine-Ball Tour last week.

"The Masters is a great event with only the best players in the world. The Matchroom tournaments are always the ones you want to play in, so I'm pleased to get the invite and can't wait to get into that arena.

"There are some great players in the field but I'd love to come up against Earl Strickland again. We always have great battles and I've got a good record against him.

"I've won the Mosconi Cup and I've won the World Cup. Not many players achieve the Matchroom Triple Crown and I'd love to complete that set by lifting the Masters trophy in Gibraltar."

Filler, who propelled himself onto the global scene when he won the WPA China Open last summer, will face Jayson Shaw of Scotland tomorrow after visa issues denied Philippines potter Bustamante the chance to participate.

The German youngster said: "I'm so excited to play my very first World Pool Masters. I'm honoured to be one of 16 players and all legends."