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Henry undergoes heart procedure

Flanker Chris Henry has undergone a procedure to repair a defect in his heart wall, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.

The 30-year-old Ireland and Ulster forward suffered "a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain" on the morning of Ireland's clash with South Africa on November 8. The heart procedure, which took place on Monday, is related to the brain injury.

The IRFU, in consultation with the Ulster Rugby medical team, said in a statement: " Chris is recovering from a procedure yesterday to repair a defect in his heart wall.

"This was found to be related to his recent episode and has been performed to prevent further issues."

Ireland medics initially diagnosed a virus on the morning of the Springboks clash before suspecting a severe migraine, but specialists have since determined the more unusual condition.

New Ulster manager Bryn Cunningham is hopeful that Henry will make a full recovery and return to the game.

"We're waiting for the medical staff to give us an update," Cunningham told the BBC.

"If he gets back to playing professional rugby that will be fantastic. That's certainly what we are hoping for."

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