Wallace faces long Ulster lay-off

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Ulster captain Paddy Wallace may be sidelined for some time by the ankle injury he suffered while playing for Ireland against the Springboks last weekend.

Wallace, who hobbled off in the 34th minute, has had a scan in Dublin.

But whereas the IRFU medical team’s prognosis for Ulster colleague Stephen Ferris — who also picked up an ankle injury on Saturday — is that, hopefully, he should be fit to return against Stade Francais on Saturday, December 12, it was telling that there was no such prognosis in the case of Wallace. His injury “is still being assessed”.

The third Ulster player injured in last weekend’s Croke Park clash, South African tight head BJ Botha, is recovering from a knee injury.

Ulster will review the big Springbok prop’s progress on Monday.

Meanwhile, in response to recent speculation suggesting Botha may be moving on, Ulster have confirmed that he is under contract until June 2011.

Sourced from: The Belfast Telegraph