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Curtis out "long term" as Ulster welcome back big names for Connacht clash

Ulster centre Angus Curtis
Ulster centre Angus Curtis
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ulster will have to cope without the services of centre Angus Curtis for the foreseeable future after head coach Dan McFarland ruled him out "long term" with an ACL injury.

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The 21-year-old, who can also play fly-half, suffered the injury in last Friday's 54-42 loss to Leinster at the RDS Arena and left him screaming in pain on the turf.

Zimbabwean-born Curtis has been a key member of the Ulster squad this season, making six appearances including one in the Heineken Champions Cup against Bath.

His versatility has been a key factor for that and Ulster will have now have to deal with his absence for a significant period due to the injury.

It's been a wretched run of injury luck for Curtis, who also spent time on the sidelines last season when he was trying to establish himself in the squad.

"He has an ACL injury so he will need surgery. He'll be out long term," confirmed head coach McFarland, who also revealed full-back Rob Lyttle suffered an AC joint injury and will be assessed.

However, there was good news for the province ahead of Friday's clash with Connacht at Kingspan Stadium as Ireland international Will Addison is once again available.

The utility back can be selected again after serving his suspension for an illegal tackle on Clermont's Paul Jedrasiak in last month's Champions Cup clash.

In further good news, both Marcell Coetzee, who was rested for the trip to the RDS last weekend, and Billy Burns, who underwent the return to play protocols after their win at Harlequins, are also available.

"Last week, a few guys got an opportunity and this week a few different guys more will get an opportunity. So there will be changes, yeah," added McFarland.

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