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Yet another blow for Coetzee and Ulster as back row returns to South Africa to consult with knee surgeon

The luckless Springbok has managed just five games since moving to Ulster.

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MARCELL COETZEE’S INJURY-RAVAGED spell with Ulster shows no sign of abating as the province this morning confirmed he will consult a surgeon due to a recurrence of pain in his left knee.

The Springbok has played just five times since agreeing his move to Ireland in 2016, most recently in the season-opening win over the Cheetahs.

The 26-year-old has flown back to South Africa to meet with the surgeon who originally repaired his ACL last year.

That injury was picked up during the powerful back row’s final Super Rugby season with the sharks. His rehabilitation from surgery delayed his Ulster debut until February and his run in the team ended at just four matches as he suffered a medial meniscal tear.

Following the win over the Cheetahs in the first week of the season, the ‘Bok reported pain and swelling in the knee in training. Ulster say a further update and prognosis will be provided once Coetzee has been through his consultation.

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