Friday 9 December 2016

Ulster boost as Henderson set for Glasgow comeback

Jim Stokes

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

Ulster's Iain Henderson. Photo: John Dickson/Sportsfile
Ulster's Iain Henderson. Photo: John Dickson/Sportsfile

Ireland duo Iain Henderson and Tommy Bowe are poised to return from injury for Ulster this week - both are in the frame for Friday's Pro12 trip to Glasgow Warriors.

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Henderson is slightly ahead of Bowe on the comeback trail and is likely to face the defending Pro12 champions who are on a bit of a roll and pushing Ulster for one of the play-off spots.

The 24-year-old forward has been out of action since early December when he pulled up against Edinburgh at Ravenhill with a torn hamstring.

Ulster boss Les Kiss is hoping to have some big guns back in harness for the big run-in although it is likely that Ireland skipper Rory Best along with Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne will not be involved this weekend.

"Iain is getting closer and could play this week," said Kiss. "We will see how things look when we get feedback from the training sessions."

Bowe, who underwent major knee surgery following injury during Ireland's World Cup exit against Argentina, could feature but he is more likely to come into the reckoning next week against Connacht.

"Tommy is getting closer and closer and for the injury he had, it's just about being really careful about when he comes back at everything full tilt," said Kiss.

"He is taking contact in a really strong way now so he can play rugby, but it's about getting the timing right and he is probably a little bit behind Hendy."

Meanwhile, full-back Louis Ludik is expected to return to the team after recovering from a groin injury, while Darren Cave and Nick Williams are both back up to full speed.

Irish Independent

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