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Ulster injury list growing for Zebre tie

 

Centre James Hume
Centre James Hume
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Ulster's back line has been dealt another injury blow ahead of Friday's Guinness PRO14 home clash with Zebre.

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Centre James Hume will see a specialist over the hamstring injury he sustained during last weekend's win over the Cardiff Blues, while Stuart McCloskey's shoulder problem will be assessed during the week.

Ulster forwards coach Roddy Grant said the province are hoping McCloskey will be available to return to action at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Player of the Season last campaign has played only 45 minutes so far this term, having been flown out to South Africa to start against the Southern Kings before being withdrawn.

Should McCloskey fail to make it this weekend, that could leave summer signing Matt Faddes to partner Luke Marshall at centre, as he did from the bench against Blues.

The returning Will Addison featured at full-back last weekend with Louis Ludik on the wing opposite Craig Gilroy.

Ulster could welcome back Ireland's late World Cup call-ups Rob Herring and Jordi Murphy in a boost to the pack.

Legendary Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best is set for one more run-out after his retirement. The 37-year-old, who called time on his career after the World Cup exit, will play for the Barbarians in their game against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday, November 16.

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