Craig Gilroy: Ulster wing sidelined with fractured cheekbone

Craig Gilroy scores his second try in the New Year's Day victory over Munster at Kingspan Stadium
Craig Gilroy scores his second try in the New Year's Day victory over Munster at Kingspan Stadium
European Rugby Champions Cup Pool One
Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry Date: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster medium wave and the BBC Sport website

Ulster 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.

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Wasps 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.

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