Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gilroy and Cave latest to join long injury list as bug bites for Ulster

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ULSTER's preparations for tomorrow night's Heineken Cup final rematch against Leinster have been hit by a stomach bug that has laid a number of first-team players low this week.

Craig Gilroy and Darren Cave are two who have had to miss training because of the illness and while the province are not giving up on their availability for the Pro12 clash at Ravenhill tomorrow, the dehydrating effects of the bug and the impact of missing vital practice is bound to have a major effect on their preparations.

Stand-in captain Chris Henry is another who has been unable to train after a family bereavement, adding to the headaches facing coach Mark Anscombe.

Ulster lost Tommy Bowe for around four months and Dan Tuohy for three weeks to injury in the defeat to Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup last Saturday.

Anscombe is already dealing with a lengthy injury list that includes captain Johann Muller, Stephen Ferris, second-row Lewis Stevenson and props Declan Fitzpatrick and Paddy McAllister.

Both sides will be named today, with Leinster sweating on the availability of Shane Jennings for the sold-out clash between the Pro12's first and third-placed teams.

Irish Independent

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