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Coetzee Prognosis ‘Not As Bad As First Feared’

Coetzee Prognosis ‘Not As Bad As First Feared’

Following his left knee injury sustained against Zebre on Saturday, March 11, Marcell Coetzee underwent exploratory surgery in Belfast yesterday, under the care of the Ulster Rugby medical team and the Ulster Independent Clinic.

The surgery confirmed that Marcell Coetzee had sustained a significant medial meniscal (cartilage) tear, which has been repaired. His ACL, which was previously repaired in April 2016, remains intact and did not require any further surgical intervention.

The anticipated return to play is now estimated at four months, meaning Coetzee will undergo a full pre-season programme with a view to being fully fit for the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

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The 25-year-old South African, who has played 28 times for the Springboks, made his long-awaited Ulster debut in the win over Edinburgh in February and had an immediate impact, registering an incredible 26 carries in a 59-minute appearance. He also featured prominently in the subsequent victories over Glasgow Warriors and Benetton Treviso, before picking up the injury in the record 10-try triumph over Zebre.

Ulster’s director of rugby Les Kiss welcomed the update, saying: “It really is fantastic news. I think most people were fearing the worst, that Marcell had ruptured his cruciate ligament once again, so it’s great to hear that he will be back sooner than we initially expected.

“He has had a tremendous impact since he joined Ulster, not only on the pitch but also on the training paddock with his huge work ethic and infectious positive attitude. It’s a great boost for the province, the supporters and most importantly Marcell himself, that we will see him back in an Ulster jersey at the start of next season.

“I have spoken to Marcell and he’s really pleased with the prognosis. He is extremely grateful for the care he received from the Ulster Rugby medical team and the staff at the Ulster Independent Clinic, plus for all the messages of support he has received from the Ulster fans. I know from the way he faced the challenge of his previous rehab that he will be back even better than before.”