Ulster flanker Chris Henry is set for a spell on the sidelines, following the shocking news that the Ireland international suffered a blocked blood vessel in his brain.
Henry had been due to start for Ireland in their crunch November international with South Africa just under two weeks ago, but was withdrawn prior to kick-off with complaints of a severe headache.
Early diagnoses by the Irish medical pointed to a virus or a severe migraine but further tests have revealed that the 30-year-old suffered a blood vessel blockage in his brain.
An IRFU statement read:
“Chris suffered some weakness on the morning of the South Africa game and a viral illness was suspected, he recovered quickly and the initial diagnosis was of severe migraine.
“Further tests, however, have shown he suffered a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.
“He is at home now and is well but needs further investigation and specialist opinion.”
There is some relief for Henry however, as he is expected to make a full return. The Irish Independent estimate that Henry will be out for around three months.
From all at Pundit Arena, we wish Chris all the best in his recovery.