Ulster Rugby have confirmed that blindside flanker Stephen Ferris is “almost certainly out” of this Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Munster at Thomond Park (kick-off 1:45pm).
The man who starred for Ireland at the 2011 Rugby World Cup has suffered acute damage to the muscle and interior ligaments surrounding his ankle. In an official statement, Ulster Rugby stated: “The scan revealed significant damage to Stevie’s left ankle and it is unlikely that he’ll be available for Sunday.
There is some hope however with an Ulster spokesman stating: “That the game is on a Sunday, and therefore provides an extra day of healing, provides some hope but it remains very unlikely.”
The 27 year-old sustained the injury against Aironi last Friday night at Ravenhill and was replaced by Willie Faloon, who is expected to take Ferris’ place should the Dungannon man, as expected, be unfit to play on Sunday.