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Iain Henderson to see surgeon over fresh hand injury

 

Big loss: Iain Henderson and the injured finger that will keep him out of Ireland’s first few Six Nations clashes
Big loss: Iain Henderson and the injured finger that will keep him out of Ireland’s first few Six Nations clashes
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster and Ireland have been dealt a fresh injury blow with the news that influential lock Iain Henderson will see a surgeon over a fresh hand injury.

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The 26-year-old had just returned from five weeks out following thumb surgery to star in the Champions Cup win over Leicester Tigers but will now miss a chunk of the Six Nations.

"Ian suffered a finger injury and that is going to sideline him for several weeks," said Ulster coach Dan McFarland yesterday. "He'll be going to see the surgeon and have that reviewed. It's obviously very disappointing for Iain, for us and for Ireland."

Henderson had strapping on two fingers as well as the thumb during the game, dating back to the injury he sustained in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final.

That wasn't the end of the injury toll from last weekend's quarter-final clinching Champions Cup win over Leicester.

Sean Reidy requires surgery on his hand and is set for a spell on the sidelines, while Marcell Coetzee's hamstring is likely to see him ruled out of this Friday's visit from Benetton.

Out-half Billy Burns is also currently going through the return to play protocols.

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