Ulster fans set to learn Tommy Bowe and Iain Henderson injury status
Ulster fans can expect official confirmation today that Ireland star Tommy Bowe faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The two-time Lions winger underwent knee surgery yesterday morning and, as the Belfast Telegraph revealed last week, the winger is set to be a long-term absentee for Ulster this season.
Bowe was stretchered off in the 12th minute of Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina in the Millennium Stadium two weekends ago and is believed to face a race against time to be fit for the Six Nations, if indeed he will play again this season.
There is also concern over Iain Henderson, who returned to Ulster carrying a knock after starring in Ireland's World Cup campaign. The extent of that injury should also be revealed by Ulster today.
Jared Payne, who broke a bone in his foot against Romania last month, has already been ruled out until after the first round of European fixtures but the rest of the international contingent will be back in white over the coming weeks.
With Paddy Jackson and Darren Cave returning from their own World Cup exploits with cameos off the bench in the bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues last Friday, Chris Henry could follow suit when Ulster travel to take on Munster this Friday with Rory Best set to play the week after against Newport.
Munster themselves have World Cup squad members Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan back in training ahead of Friday's first inter-pro of the year.