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Trimble in new injury setback

By Jonathan Bradley

Andrew Trimble is on the sidelines again after being ruled out of Ulster's PRO12 clash with the Scarlets this afternoon (3.00pm) due to a hip flexor strain.

The 30-year-old suffered World Cup heartache last week when fitness concerns and a lack of rugby saw him left out of Joe Schmidt's 31-man Ireland squad.

He returned to Ulster for the season opener against Ospreys but is absent today and another injury is the last thing he needed.

Earlier this week, former Ulster and Ireland team-mate Stephen Ferris had insisted Trimble could still play a part in the World Cup for Ireland as a first port of call for Schmidt in the event of injury to a back-three player or centre.

Hoping to prove to the Irish coaching team that he was ready and able if called upon, Trimble will now not get another chance to show what he can do until the visit of Treviso on October 2 at the earliest.

By then the tournament in England and Wales will be well under way with Ireland's first pool game against Canada in Cardiff this day week.

Trimble's Ulster absence means Craig Gilroy switches from left wing to right and Rory Scholes comes into the starting line-up.

David Busby is in line for a debut should he appear off the bench. In the only other change to the starting line-up, Dan Tuohy, who also suffered the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup, will not feature and Peter Browne comes in at lock.

Scarlets are able to name the same starting panel that beat champions Glasgow at Scotstoun last week.

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