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Ruled out: Bowe set to miss 6 Nations

The Ulster winger underwent surgery on his right knee yesterday and isn’t expected to recover in time for next year’s tournament.

Bowe.
Bowe.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

ULSTER EXPECT TOMMY Bowe to be out of action for around four months after the winger underwent surgery yesterday.

Bowe, who tweeted this picture from hospital, suffered lateral ligament damage on his right knee during Ulster’s Heineken Cup defeat to Northampton last weekend.

The estimated recovery period was until now unknown but the 28-year-old is set to miss the entire Six Nations tournament, which kicks off on February 2, after the province announced that he will be sidelined until around April.

The statement reads:  ”Tommy Bowe has undergone successful surgery on his knee and is now expected to be out for approximately four months.

“The winger sustained significant lateral ligament damage to his right knee in the closing stages of Ulster’s 9-10 Heineken Cup loss to Northampton last Saturday.”

Ireland manager Declan Kidney must now plan without Bowe, who has played 51 Tests for the country, and the player will be aiming to regain full fitness in time for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia next year.

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