Ulster dealt injury blow as Michael Lowry undergoes surgery
Ulster will be without fledgling fly-half Michael Lowry for up to two months.
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The 21-year-old has undergone ankle surgery after picking up an injury during the province's recent trip to South Africa and is set for a 6-8 week spell on the sidelines.
Lowry featured as a replacement in the heavy defeat to the Cheetahs but travelled home before the victory over Southern Kings.
The expected lay-off rules the three-time Schools' Cup winner out of the upcoming Pro14 games against Cardiff Blues, Zebre, Munster and Scarlets as well as the opening Champions Cup double-header against Bath and Clermont.
Lowry could return in time for the back-to-back European games against Harlequins in December and will definitely look to be fit and available for the festive inter-pros, beginning on December 20.
For now, it will be up to summer signing Bill Johnston and 21-year-old Angus Curtis to provide back-up to first-choice 10 Billy Burns.
Wing Rob Lyttle (back) and prop Tommy O'Hagan (knee) are both also ruled out of Friday's game against Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).
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