Rory Best to sit out Ulster's trip to Glasgow with ankle injury
Ulster have confirmed that captain Rory Best will miss their Guinness PRO14 clash with the Glasgow Warriors this weekend with a left ankle ligament injury.
The hooker sustained the injury early in Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster and was pictured after the game in a moon boot and on crutches, sparking concern.
However, the injury is not severe enough to rule him out of the World Cup, with the 36-year-old confident that he'll only be out for a few weeks rather than for a prolonged period of time.
"There’s no structural damage, just a few wrenches I suppose to some the ligaments in there. So from that side of things it’s good news. It is still going to be a few weeks," Best said.
"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 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.”
He will definitely miss the trip to Scotstoun Stadium though, and it seems overwhelmingly likely he will also miss their trip to Edinburgh a week later as Ulster attempt to move closer to securing their place in the end-of-season play-offs with two wins in Scotland.
It's a big blow for the province, while it would also be a tough way for Best to end his season if he didn't make it back in time for the remainder of the campaign, although the captain does seem optimistic that won't be the case.
After their double-header in Scotland, Ulster renew their rivalry with Leinster in the final game of the regular season on April 27, with that game likely to come too early too for Best, but a return for the play-offs wouldn't be out of reach.
In his absence, Rob Herring is likely to start at Scotstoun with John Andrew drafted onto the bench.
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