Recurring ankle injury looks set to end the rugby career of Stephen Ferris
The career of one of Ireland's greatest flankers of the professional era may be over.
Ulster's Stephen Ferris completed an amazing comeback after 16 months of gruelling rehab in March but there are rumblings that the playing career of the former British and Irish Lion will be cut short.
There was delight when the 28-year-old recovered from the debilitating ankle injury he sustained against Edinburgh in November, 2012 but his comeback lasted just four games and teh Irish Times is reporting that his career may be over.
Ferris won the last of his 35 Ireland caps in the 30-9 defeat to England at Twickenham in March 2012.
He also starred with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 during their tour of South Africa but following some excellent performances, a knee injury denied him any involvement in the Test series.
Ferris will be forever remembered for his performance in Ireland's victory over Australia during the World Cup in 2011 and his tackle on Will Genia.