Henry recovery a major boost for Ulster ahead of final clash
Flanker Chris Henry has handed Ulster a major boost ahead of next Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Leinster at Twickenham.
Henry, who was named as the Ulster Player of the Year this week, has declared himself available for selection again after missing the semi-final win over Edinburgh with a troublesome ankle injury.
The 28-year-old, who hopes to get a call for Ireland's tour to New Zealand next month, injured ligaments during the Pro12 game against Leinster three weeks ago and had been a major doubt for the big European derby clash.
"I feel confident that I'll be ready in time," said Henry, who has been Ulster's most consistent player this season.
"I travelled with the squad to Portugal earlier this week, and although I trained by myself most of the time with some of the back-room staff, everything came on really well.
"With another week to go before the game I will get myself right up to speed and will be throwing my hat into the ring for selection," said Henry, who lifted the top player award at a glittering ceremony for the second time.
"It was a surprise to win again," he said.
"With players like John Afoa and Paddy Wallace also being nominated for the award I wasn't expecting to win."
Meanwhile, Ulster are due to confirm the return of Ireland 'A' fly-half Niall O'Connor to Ravenhill.
The 24-year-old from Limavady moved to Connacht on a two-year deal at the start of the current season, but has negotiated a return to his home province.