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International Trio Back In The Mix For Ulster

International Trio Back In The Mix For Ulster

Ahead of the GUINNESS PRO12 game at home to Connacht on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm), the Ulster Rugby medical team has provided the following update.

Rory Best, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne have recovered from low grade injuries and they are available for selection this week.

Alan O’Connor dislocated his right shoulder while playing against Glasgow Warriors last weekend. He will see a shoulder specialist later this week to determine whether the injury will require surgery.

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Nick Williams suffered a left groin injury and aggravated a left shoulder injury playing against Glasgow. He will not be fit for selection this week.

Ian Humphreys is currently rehabilitating a back injury and his return to play is being assessed on a weekly basis, while Louis Ludik is suffering from an ongoing right groin injury. He is unlikely to be available for selection this week.

Tommy Bowe continues end-stage rehabilitation for his knee injury. His likely return-to-play date is being assessed on a weekly basis.

Ruaidhri Murphy continues to recover from a finger injury and is unfit for selection this week. Sam Arnold reaggravated a hamstring tear during training last week. His return to play is estimated at four to six weeks.

Wiehahn Herbst continues to rehab his toe injury. He is likely to return to play in four to six weeks. Andrew Warwick and Mark Best were unable to train today due to illness. A number of players on the squad have been affected by this respiratory virus and a decision on their fitness to play will be determined later in the week.

Meanwhile, Peter Nelson continues to rehabilitate from an ankle injury sustained against Edinburgh at Kingspan Stadium. His return-to-play status remains as the 2016/17 season.

Dan Tuohy had surgery two weeks ago for his ongoing ankle injury. He is recovering well post-surgery. Willie Faloon had surgery two weeks ago for a chronic mid-foot injury and will not play again this season.