Thursday 20 July 2017

Ulster dealt a big blow as Springbok star ruled out with 'significant' knee injury while Bowe sidelined with ankle fracture

11 March 2017; Marcell Coetzee of Ulster is tackled by Tommaso Castello of Zebre during the Guinness PRO12 Round 9 Refixture match between Ulster and Zebre at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
11 March 2017; Marcell Coetzee of Ulster is tackled by Tommaso Castello of Zebre during the Guinness PRO12 Round 9 Refixture match between Ulster and Zebre at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ulster will once again be without South African international back row Marcell Coetzee for a lengthy period of time after the 25-year-old suffered a 'significant' knee injury.

Coetzee had only recently returned from a similar injury before picking up a knock against Zebre last weekend, with the Springbok set to undergo exploratory surgery on his left knee later this week.

Tommy Bowe had an operation today to stabilize the fracture in his left ankle, picked up during Ireland's 22-9 loss at the Principality Stadium last Friday night.

Bowe is set to be out for between 8-12 weeks.

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