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Good news as Iain Henderson and Tommy Bowe set to return before end of season

The pair could yet be available for Ireland’s summer series against South Africa.

Henderson could be available for Ireland's South African tour.
Henderson could be available for Ireland's South African tour.
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IRELAND INTERNATIONALS IAIN Henderson and Tommy Bowe are set to return to action before the end of the season with Ulster issuing a positive injury update on both.

Henderson tore his left hamstring in the Pro12 victory over Edinburgh in December but could yet play a part in the province’s playoff push as his rehabilitation continues.

Ulster say the 24-year-old is ‘likely’ to be involved in the final stages of the season while Bowe is ‘making excellent’ progress as he continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.

The winger sustained the injury during the World Cup defeat to Argentina in September and he required reconstructive surgery.

It was expected he would miss Ireland’s summer tour of South Africa but he may yet be available for selection.

Meanwhile, Les Kiss will have to wait until later in the week to know if he will have Nick Williams, Luke Marshall and Ian Humphreys available for Friday’s game against Zebre.

Williams has a shoulder injury which is being monitored, Marshall sustained a knock to his ankle in the weekend’s defeat in Cardiff and Humphreys is still struggling with a back complaint.

Ulster welcome the Italian side to Ravenhill on Friday evening hoping to avoid three successive defeats in the league.

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