Coetzee goes under the knife again

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:31
Large marcell coetzee injured 800

NEWS: Having returned to the playing field a month ago, Springbok loose forward Marcell Coetzee has returned to the sidelines after sustaining a serious knee injury during a Pro 12 encounter against Zebre.

Coetzee made his Ulster debut in February, having joined the club in 2016. At the time of his signing with the Irish club, he was undergoing rehab on a long-term knee injury.

He will now undergo exploratory surgery to fully ascertain the extent of the injury after it was described as being a "significant" injury.

His performance lasted just a few minutes before he hobbled off the field, having twisted his left knee - the same as before.

This has thrown a cloud of doubt over his return to the international arena, after SA Rugby announced that only overseas-based Springboks with more than 30 Test caps will be eligible for national selection as of July 1.

The flank has 28 caps to his name and a lengthy spell on the sidelines could see his international career come to an end, should he opt to not return to South Africa to ply his trade.

There were further injuries to other Ulster players.

Tommy Bowe sustained a left ankle fracture in Ireland's Six Nations defeat at the hands of Wales on Friday night. He underwent surgery on Tuesday to stabilise the fracture and is expected to be sidelined for eight to 2 weeks.

Conor Joyce (right knee), Jonny Murphy (left shoulder) and Ross Kane (right thumb) sustained injuries in the Ulster A game against Munster A on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Trimble has had surgery for a left hand fracture sustained in the game against Treviso at the start of the month. He is expected return to action in approximately four weeks.

These players join Jonny Simpson (neck), Callum Patterson (ankle), Lorcan Dow (ankle), Louis Ludik (concussion), Kyle McCall (hamstring), Stuart McCloskey (calf), Johnny McPhillips (groin), Stephen Mulholland (shoulder) and Rob Lyttle (shoulder) on the current injury list.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 20 April 2018
Blues v Highlanders 07h35 Eden Park
Waratahs v Lions 09h45 Sydney
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 21 April 2018
Crusaders v Sunwolves 07h35 Christchurch
Reds v Chiefs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Rebels 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
PRO14
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 19 15 1 3 75
Munster 20 13 0 7 67
Cheetahs 20 11 0 9 58
Cardiff Blues 20 11 0 9 53
Ospreys 19 8 0 11 40
Connacht 20 6 0 14 34
Zebre 19 5 0 14 24
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 20 14 1 5 70
Scarlets 20 13 1 6 65
Edinburgh 20 14 0 6 64
Ulster 19 11 1 7 55
Treviso 20 11 0 9 54
Dragons 20 2 2 16 20
Kings 20 1 0 19 11