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Surgery rules Ferris out of Heineken Cup clash

Ulster flanker will miss game against Northampton Saints on April 10.

STEPHEN FERRIS’ SEASON keeps on going from bad to worse.

Having missed all of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign with a shoulder injury, the Ulster flanker has now been told that he can forget about lining out for the province when they take on Northampton in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals next weekend.

The 25-year-old has been out of action since January after he aggravated an existing knee problem during Ulster’s Magners League clash against Aironi in Viadana. It was widely expected that Ferris would play some part in the side’s game against the Llanelli Scarlets this weekend with a view to being ready for Ulster’s all-important European date on April 10.

However, after a further medical assessment yesterday, surgeons told the forward that he would need to undergo arthroscopic surgery, ruling him out of action for the immediate future.

Should Ulster progress, Ferris will most likely target the Heineken Cup semi-finals on April 30 and May 1 as a realistic date for his comeback.