Ireland and Ulster player Stephen Ferris may be forced to hang up his boots after struggling to recover from a long-term ankle injury, say reports at home.
According to The Irish Times, the former British and Irish Lion has failed to fully recover from the injury he sustained whilst playing for Ulster against Edinburgh in November 2012 and his career could be cut short.
Despite making a comeback against Scarlets on 14 March this year following 16 months of rehabilitation, the 28-year-old was back in the treatment room again just four days later.
Ferris, who won the last of his 35 caps for Ireland in March 2012, will spend the summer on ice in the hope of making a full recovery and featuring next season.
The Ulsterman was part of the 2009 Lions tour in South Africa and played for his country at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, where he famously lifted and drove back Australia’s Will Genia in a tackle.
However, due to being plagued by injury, he missed out on Ireland’s Six Nations success this year and will sit out of this summer’s tour to Argentina.