Disaster for Ulster as Springboks star Coetzee ruled out for another nine months
Ulster are set to be without flanker Marcell Coetzee until next season after the province confirmed today that his recent knee injury is expected to require a nine-month recovery.
The Springbok back row arrived in Belfast in the summer of 2016 but has been restricted to just five appearances for Ulster after missing almost all of last season with a similar knee injury. Unfortunately for the northern province, Coetzee has had another setback that has required surgery in South Africa.
"Marcell Coetzee underwent surgery this week in South Africa. He has had recurrent left knee problems because of a laxity in his previously repaired ACL, and to repair this he has had revision surgery performed on this ligament. His anticipated return to play time is 9 months," Ulster said in a statement.
What makes the loss of Coetzee even more devastating for Ulster is that when the South African international has played, he has looked every bit the marquee signing they were expecting.
In other injury news, Ireland international Chris Henry is recovering from 'trauma to his larynx', and Ulster are hopeful that he will be able to play again next week.
Subscribe to The Left Wing, Independent.ie's Rugby podcast, with Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery for the best discussion and analysis each week. From in depth interviews with some of Irish rugby's biggest stars to unmatched insights into the provinces and the national team, The Left Wing has all your rugby needs covered.