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Ulster's Chris Henry will make his comeback from heart surgery tonight

The 27-year-old has been out of action since suffering a mini-stroke in November.

CHRIS HENRY IS set to make his comeback from a heart scare this evening after Ulster confirmed he has been selected as a replacement for the clash with Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium [KO 19.35, BBC NI].

The 30-year-old suffered a mini-stroke in November, the night before Ireland’s clash with South Africa, and had surgery to repair a defect in his heart wall at that point.

Chris Henry Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Henry has worked hard to rehabilitate himself following that operation and has steadily proven his fitness in the past two months. Having visited his surgeon in Dublin this week, the openside flanker has now been given the all-clear.

“I am absolutely delighted that Chris will be involved in this evening’s match and his recovery gives everyone at Ulster Rugby a massive boost,” said Ulster head coach Neil Doak.

He is a very popular member of the squad and he has worked extremely hard since his surgery to get back to full fitness.  While he was cleared to play earlier in the week, we wanted to wait until today to confirm his involvement, so that he could be completely focused on his return to play.

“Wearing the Ulster jersey means a great deal to Chris and I know with what he has been through over the past four months that tonight will be extra special for him.

“I also know that the crowd will give him a huge reception if and when he takes to the pitch. For the coaches and players of Ulster Rugby, it is just great to have him back.”

Ulster

15. Louis Ludik
14. Craig Gilroy
13. Darren Cave (captain)
12. Stuart Olding
11. Michael Allen
10. Paddy Jackson
9. Ruan Pienaar

1. Callum Black
2. Rob Herring
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Dan Tuohy
5. Franco van der Merwe
6. Iain Henderson
7. Clive Ross
8. Nick Williams

Replacements:

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16. John Andrew
17. Andrew Warwick
18. Bronson Ross
19. Robbie Diack
20. Chris Henry
21. Paul Marshall
22. Ian Humphreys
23. Rory Scholes

Cardiff Blues

15. Rhys Patchell
14. Alex Cuthbert
13. Cory Allen
12. Gavin Evans
11. Lucas Amorosino
10. Gareth Anscombe
9. Lloyd Williams

1. Sam Hobbs
2. Matthew Rees (captain)
3. Adam Jones
4. Jarrad Hoeata
5. Lou Reed
6. Josh Turnbull
7. Ellis Jenkins
8. Josh Navidi

Replacements:

16. Kristian Dacey
17. Taufa’ao Filise
18. Scott Andrews
19. Macauley Cook
20. Manoa Vosawai
21. Tavis Knoyle
22. Gareth Davies
23. Tom Isaacs

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