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Best hoping injury hasn't ended season

 

Ulster's Rory Best
Ulster's Rory Best
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Skipper Rory Best still hopes to play for Ulster this season despite damaging ankle ligaments in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.

The Ireland captain (below) was forced off with the injury after only 15 minutes of the heartbreaking loss and later appeared on the sidelines sporting crutches and a protective moonboot.

However, he said yesterday that he should be ready to go again in around six weeks' time.

"There's no structural damage, just a few wrenches I suppose to some of the ligaments in there," he said. "So from that side of things it's good news. It is still going to be a few weeks.

"They just like to put the magical figure of six weeks on it. It might be less, it might be more. It's in and around there.

"I would hope to play some part in the end of the season for Ulster, which will be a big goal now. Obviously that will depend on the next three games, certainly the next two games for us in terms of play-offs."

Ulster are in action on Friday night against Glasgow and face a trip to face Edinburgh seven days later. After a week-long break, they finish their regular season against Leinster at home.

While that is four weeks away, the quarter- and semi-finals in the Guinness PRO14 are in five and seven weeks' time respectively.

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