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Chris Henry: New concerns over Ulster rugby ace's health

By Frank Brownlow

Ulster Rugby were last night remaining tight lipped on whether Ulster and Ireland ace Chris Henry must undergo heart surgery to save his career.

The flanker's health issues came to light on a weekend when Ireland stunned Australia 26-23 in Dublin and Ulster moved joint top of the Guinness PRO12 league thanks to a 25-16 victory over the Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium.

It is believed Ulster Rugby will release a statement on Henry's situation during the week but hopes are high he could be back playing next season.

Sources indicate that the 30-year-old, who was forced to pull out of the Ireland team on the morning of the clash with South Africa just over two weeks ago which Joe Schmidt's side won 29-15, has been told he has an underlying heart condition.

The news comes just days after it was disclosed he suffered a "temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain" hours before the showdown with the Springboks at the Aviva Stadium.

The problem was described as a 'mini stroke' caused after a clot developed in the player's leg, worked its way up to his brain and caused symptoms similar to a migraine.

Now it has come to light that the situation may have been triggered by a cardiac condition.

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