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Bowe to undergo surgery later this week

Ulster winger suffered ‘significant lateral ligament damage’ to his right knee.

Tommy Bowe will undergo surgery later this week.
Tommy Bowe will undergo surgery later this week.
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FOLLOWING A SCAN this morning, it has been revealed that Ulster winger Tommy Bowe suffered “significant lateral ligament damage” to his right knee.

In a statement on their website, Ulster Rugby have confirmed the Irish international will undergo surgery later this week to repair the damage.

However, they declined to put a timescale on how long the recovery period will be and are unwilling to do so until after his surgery when the full extend of the injury is known.

The news will come as a blow to Irish rugby fans as lateral ligament injuries generally require significantly more healing time than those involving the medial ligament.

It seems likely the Pro12 leaders will be without the 28-year-old for their trio of matches in the competition this month and the Irish coaching staff will be concerned over his availability for the Six Nations, starting at the beginning of February.

Earlier: Ulster wait on Bowe knee update.

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