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Stuart Olding's return strengthens Ulster for Cardiff's visit

By Michael Sadlier

UlsterR have been boosted by Stuart Olding's return to fitness for Friday night's Guinness PRO12 clash with Cardiff Blues at the Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm and live on BBCNI).

The 22-year-old has been out since undergoing surgery after suffering ligament damage to his elbow in Ulster's European defeat at Toulon in January.

The Ireland international looks set to be brought straight in at inside centre for Friday's must-win game with both Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey currently serving bans.

With Paddy Jackson - who was also injured against Toulon - having played 40 minutes for the Ulster Ravens last week, Neil Doak appears to be getting some key players back at a vital time.

Iain Henderson could also be made available after his 20 minutes off the bench for Ireland in last Saturday's epic Six Nations finale while flanker Chris Henry is believed to be close to a return after his health problems.

Ulster's play-off hopes shipped unexpected damage after losing to the Dragons so they will be determined to get back on track.

Meanwhile, Ballynahinch's Ross Adair, who scored a try on his Ulster debut at the Dragons, has won the Ulster Bank AIL Rising Star Award for February.

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