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Tommy Bowe and Richardt Strauss both suffer ligament injuries, Brian O'Driscoll returns to training

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 14:45 | Comments

Tommy Bowe (left) and Richardt Strauss (third from left) both suffered ligament damage at the weekend
Tommy Bowe (left) and Richardt Strauss (third from left) both suffered ligament damage at the weekend

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Tommy Bowe is a major doubt for the Six Nations after suffering ligament damage playing for their Ulster in the Heineken Cup at the weekend.

Leinster hooker Richard Strauss suffered a medial ligament injury as Leinster lost at home to Clermont Auvergne and is expected to be out for four weeks. 

Bowe suffered a significant knee injury playing for Ulster in their defeat to Northampton

Meanwhile, Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll trained with Leinster today after recovering from ankle surgery. 

Winger Bowe is now considered a doubt for the 2013 Six Nations championships, and possibly the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, after suffering a significant knee injury playing for Ulster.

The 28-year-old, who can also play in the centre, suffered the injury at the end of the Irish province's 10-9 loss at home to the Saints, their first defeat of the season.

"He has sustained significant lateral ligament damage to his right knee," a statement on the Ulster website said.

"He will undergo surgery later this week to repair the damage. At this stage it is not possible to put a timescale on how long his recovery period will be."

Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign in Cardiff against Wales on 2 February, with the first Lions tour match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June.

Bowe was an impressive performer on the last Lions tour in South Africa in 2009, starting all three tests, and has scored 26 tries for Ireland in 51 matches.

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