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Ulster injury setback for Wasps match

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European Rugby Champions Cup Pool OneVenue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry Date: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster medium wave and the BBC Sport websiteUlster have suffered a blow in the run-up to Sunday’s Champions Cup game with Wasps as Craig Gilroy has been sidelined with a fractured cheekbone. Gilroy, who sustained the injury during last weekend’s win over La Rochelle, had a plate inserted as part of “successful surgery” on Tuesday.The injury is expected to keep Gilroy out of action for a fortnight.

Prop Wiehahn Herbst could return from a calf injury as pool leaders Ulster chase a quarter-final spot.Herbst picked up the injury in the defeat by Leinster earlier this month and he will be monitored throughout the week to assess his availability.The impressive 20-13 victory over La Rochelle in Belfast sent Ulster a point clear of the French side.CHAMPIONS CUP POOL 1TeamPlayedWonLostForAgainstBonus PtsPointsUlster54112592117La Rochelle532140114416Wasps523128114412Harlequins5149917237Wasps are five points adrift in third place and seemingly out of contention to progress to the knockout stages but they will have home advantage for the Pool 1 encounter.A victory for Ulster would put them in a strong position to make the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2014.Ulster saw off Wasps 19-9 in the first round of pool matches back in mid-October last year.Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe announced this week that he will retire at the end of the season.Bowe is recovering from a shoulder injury, sustained in the Leinster game, and Ulster hope he will return to full training in the next three to four weeks.
Source: Warwickshire