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Ulster's woe over Gilroy

RUGBY: Craig Gilroy suffered a broken nose and concussion in Ulster's victory over Montpellier at Ravenhill last Friday night.

He saw a specialist yesterday and will follow the normal return-to-play protocols. Declan Fitzpatrick also suffered concussion in the game.

He too is being managed in the return-to-play programme. A number of other players sat-out training yesterday with minor injuries, however none are expected to miss the Heineken Cup game against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Tommy Bowe continues to recover well from the injury that he sustained playing for Ireland in November, however, it is not expected that he will be available for Saturday's match.



GAELIC FOOTBALL: Brian Flanagan will play no football for Kildare this year because of looming reconstructive knee surgery, writes Frank Roche.

The Johnstownbridge clubman has been troubled by the problem since last season. "He ruptured his posterior cruciate last year during the league and he has had one or two operations on it since, but now he's going in for a reconstruction. He'll be gone for a year," Kildare boss Jason Ryan confirmed.

Flanagan's operation brings to ten the number of Ryan's extended panel who will have undergone corrective surgery during the off-season, but the Kildare manager believes this is the new GAA reality.

"We have to accept that, with the demands there are, this is regular, this is what happens. It's the level we're at now," he reasoned.



SNOOKER: Marco Fu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters as he edged out Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling match at Alexandra Palace.

It was an arduous contest with neither man able to open more than a one-frame lead in the entire match, but 2011-finalist Fu claimed a decider which included nearly 40 minutes without a pot to progress.

In the deciding frame a long safety battle ensued with no scoring for nearly 40 minutes at one stage but when Fu eventually potted a red, he did not allow Trump back to the table and a break of 78 moved him into the quarter finals.



CRICKET: Ireland's women cricketers slumped to a seven wicket defeat by Pakistan in Doha after a poor batting display saw them skittled for just 92.