PAUL MARSHALL’S HEINEKEN Cup hopes have been left hanging in the balance by an elbow injury which could rule him out of next weekend’s semi-final against Edinburgh.
The Ulster scrum-half damaged his right elbow as he went over to score a try in Saturday’s RaboDirect Pro12 defeat against Connacht.
There were initial fears that Marshall, who broke his arm as a schoolboy, could have the suffered a similar injury again before an ultrasound scan revealed that there is tendon damage but no break.
Marshall has already been ruled out of Friday evening’s Pro12 clash against Leinster, and Ulster said this morning that they will continue to reassess the injury in the hope that he will be available for the Edinburgh game on 28 April.
Marshall tweeted: “Good news – nothing is broken, just have to see how my elbow mends over the coming days!
“Thanks for the kind tweets, had to wait on results!”
Ulster have no other fresh injury worries ahead of the Leinster match. Jared Payne, Simon Danielli, Chris Cochrane and Tim Barker are all still sidelined with long-term injuries.
Forwards: Callum Black, Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Adam Macklin, Paddy McAllister, Andi Kyriacou, Nigel Brady, Rory Best, Lewis Stevenson, Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Neil McComb, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg, Ali Birch, Mike McComish, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack
Backs: Blane McIlroy, Ruan Pienaar, Ian Porter, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, Paddy Wallace, Ian Whitten, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Nevin Spence, Michael Allen, Stefan Terblanche, Craig Gilroy, Conor Gaston, Andrew Trimble, Adam D’Arcy