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Ulster suffer triple blow as trio ruled out of Champions Cup clash against Clermont


Big opportunity: Eric O’Sullivan
Big opportunity: Eric O’Sullivan
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's big European win over Bath last weekend has come at a considerable cost with three of the starting line-up having been ruled out of Friday's clash with Clermont at Kingspan Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

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As Dan McFarland's men look to go two from two to start Champions Cup pool three, they will have to do it without the services of Wallaby lock Sam Carter, Lions loosehead Jack McGrath and try-scorer at The Rec Rob Lyttle.

After impressing from the bench on Saturday, Eric O'Sullivan figures to slot straight back into the No.1 jersey he wore so well in this competition last season, taking the place of McGrath who re-injured a thumb originally hurt against Munster a week prior.

Alan O'Connor was another who did well as an early replacement last week after Carter sustained a nasty-looking shoulder issue, while Kieran Treadwell will also figure to be in the battle for a place alongside new captain Iain Henderson in the engine room.

There are plenty of options vying for Lyttle's spot on the wing with Louis Ludik having worn 23 last time out while Matt Faddes and Craig Gilroy watched on and Robert Baloucoune bagged an All-Ireland league hat-trick.

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