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Ulster squad depleted by injuries

08th April 2014 12:03

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Sidelined: Ruan Pienaar

Four of Ulster's most influential players - including Ruan Pienaar - face lengthy spells on the sidelines as the PRO12 hots up.

Saturday's gut-wrenching 17-15 loss to Saracens at Ravenhill eliminated the province from the Heineken Cup, and the defeat took its toll in more ways than one.

Pienaar suffered a recurrence of the shoulder injury that threatened to curtail his involvement with the quarter-final altogether, and will be out for at least six weeks.

Ireland hooker Rory Best's ankle injury has been described as a "significant sprain" and is set to miss between six and eight weeks of rugby.

Fellow Ireland internationals Roger Wilson and Dan Tuohy suffered a fractured thumb and fractured hand respectively, with the latter set to undergo surgery.

In addition, winger Andrew Trimble was withdrawn from the Sarries clash after picking up a concussion, and must now follow return to play protocols, while prop John Afoa sustained a back injury ruling him out of this weekend's game against Connacht.

Ulster currently sit third in the PRO12, on course for the playoffs, but face a tricky run-in, playing all three teams occupying the other playoff spots after the Connacht derby.

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Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
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Sunday , September 14
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
Saturday , September 13
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
Friday , September 12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
Edinburgh 13 - 14 ConnachtEdinburgh vs Connacht Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 OspreysNewport Gwent D
Ulster 33 - 13 ZebreUlster vs Zebre Report
Sunday , September 7
Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff BluesZebre vs Cardiff Blues Report
Saturday , September 6
Scarlets 32 - 32 UlsterScarlets vs Ulster Report
Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gonsConnacht vs Newport Gwent D
Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster
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1Ospreys29
2Glasgow Warriors28
3Connacht28
4Ulster28
5Leinster26