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Henderson is looking good for Leinster cup battle

 

Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Iain Henderson is winning his fitness battle to feature in Saturday evening's huge Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Leinster.

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Ulster's first European knock-out game in five years will take place at the Aviva Stadium but their star Irish lock has faced a race against time to be fit after sustaining a knee injury against France at the same ground in the Six Nations earlier this month.

The 27-year-old has shown remarkable powers of recovery throughout his stellar career and Ulster are understood to be optimistic that he will take his place in the second-row for the interprovincial derby.

His final hurdle will be to come through the squad's last full training session today.

The squad will head to Dublin tomorrow, completing their usual captain's run walk-through at the Aviva Stadium in the afternoon.

The province are also hopeful that centre Darren Cave and tight-head prop Marty Moore will be fit to claim their own starting spots.

Full-back Louis Ludik and versatile back Will Addison have already been ruled out of the team that will be confirmed tomorrow lunchtime.

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