Henry has heart surgery

Date published: November 25 2014

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Ireland flanker Chris Henry has undergone heart surgery to investigate the blocked blood vessel he suffered earlier this month.

Ireland flanker Chris Henry has undergone heart surgery to investigate the blocked blood vessel he suffered earlier this month.

The Ulster back row had to pull out of Ireland’s game with South Africa at the start of the November series with what was believed to be a viral illness.

Further tests last week showed it to be a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain, and as a result he had exploratory heart surgery on Monday to get to the root of the problem.

Ulster CEO Shane Logan told the BBC that the club is hopeful Henry will be return at 100 percent from the operation.

“I think we’d be optimistic that he will make a full recovery and come back as quickly as possible,” said Logan.

Bryn Cunningham, the province’s team manager, explained that the coaching staff are waiting for updates from the medical team about Henry’s condition.

“We know that Chris went in for an operation yesterday,” Cunningham said.

“We’re waiting for the medical staff to give us an update.”

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