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Ulster Rugby star Chris Henry thanks fans after shock brain ailment diagnosis

By Nevin Farrell

Ulster and Ireland rugby star Chris Henry who was diagnosed with a brain ailment in recent days, last night said he was "overwhelmed" by the messages of support he had received.

The 30-year-old tweeted: "Overwhelmed by all the kind messages of support for myself, my girlfriend and my family. I'm in good hands to get myself back better than ever."

He also praised the performances of the Irish team recently by adding: "Thank you. On a more positive note what a fantastic few games from the lads! Bring on the #wallabies #COYBIG."

On Monday, Ulster and Irish rugby fans were hoping the international star makes a full and speedy recovery after a shock diagnosis showed he was suffering from a brain ailment.

An Irish Rugby Football Union statement said: "Chris suffered some weakness on the morning of the South Africa game and a viral illness was suspected. He recovered quickly and the initial diagnosis was of severe migraine.

"Further tests, however, have shown he suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.

"He is at home now and is well, but needs further investigation and specialist opinion."

Ulster Rugby had tweeted to their 70,000 followers that they wished him "a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back playing for Ulster soon".

Henry is facing a lengthy lay-off following the diagnosis, although Ireland and Ulster officials are confident that he will be able to resume his rugby career in a number of months.

Chris Henry made his Ulster senior debut six years ago and went on to become Ulster Player of the Year in 2010.

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