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Ulster remain optimistic over Will Addison ahead of must-win Bath clash

Ulster full-back Will Addison hasn't been ruled out of action yet
Ulster full-back Will Addison hasn't been ruled out of action yet
Adam McKendry

Adam McKendry

Ulster are still refusing to rule Ireland full-back Will Addison out of Saturday's must-win Heineken Champions Cup clash against Bath.

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The 27-year-old sustained a calf injury in last weekend's defeat to Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michelin and was removed from the game early.

Addison was later spotted using crutches in the airport prior to flying home, however Ulster say he will be monitored as the week goes on over his availability ahead of this weekend.

The same applies to tighthead prop Marty Moore, who picked up an ankle injury in the same game and was also substituted early in the second half.

Both were expected to be named in Andy Farrell's first squad as Ireland head coach ahead of the upcoming Six Nations on Wednesday afternoon.

However, there has been another setback for full-back Matt Faddes, who will not be available for the Bath tie after shipping a shoulder injury in France.

Should Addison not make Saturday's game at Kingspan Stadium, which Ulster have to win to be assured of a place in the quarter-finals, then it seems Craig Gilroy would be the man to profit.

Ireland ace Jacob Stockdale would likely shift to full-back, as he did when Addison was suspended in December, with Gilroy playing opposite Robert Baloucoune on the left wing.

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