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Ulster Rugby's Marcell Coetzee set for knee surgery

Ulster Rugby's back row forward Marcell Coetzee is to have surgery on his knee next week after sustaining a serious injury.

Coetzee sustained a significant left knee injury in the game against Zebre on Saturday evening.

He will undergo exploratory surgery next week to fully ascertain the extent of the injury.

Having arrived with an ACL injury, the Springbok had to wait until February for his debut but has since made a huge impact for his new side and quickly became a fans' favourite.

Squad injuries update

Tommy Bowe sustained a left ankle fracture in the Ireland game versus Wales on Friday night. He underwent surgery on Tuesday to stabilise the fracture and he is expected to be sidelined for 8-12 weeks.

Conor Joyce (right knee), Jonny Murphy (left shoulder) and Ross Kane (right thumb) sustained injuries in the Ulster A game against Munster A on Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Trimble has had surgery for a left hand fracture sustained in the game against Treviso at the start of the month. He is expected return to action in approximately four weeks.

The players join Jonny Simpson (neck), Callum Patterson (ankle), Lorcan Dow (ankle), Louis Ludik (concussion), Kyle McCall (hamstring), Stuart McCloskey (calf), Johnny McPhillips (groin), Stephen Mulholland (shoulder) and Rob Lyttle (shoulder) on the current injury list.

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