Ulster have been handed a timely fitness boost ahead of their Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne this weekend with Marcell Coetzee, Jordi Murphy and John Cooney all given a clean bill of health.

Dan McFarland's side travel to France for a crunch game at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, where a win would all but secure their place in the knockout phase of the Champions Cup.

Cooney had been a doubt after was he replaced late in his side’s Pro14 victory over Munster for a head injury assessment, however having completed the HIA, he has been given the green light to return to action.

Coetzee missed that clash with Munster with a concussion but he’s also clear to play, while Murphy is back in the reckoning after recovering from a bout of illness which has seen him sidelined since last month’s 34-10 victory against Harlequins at the Stoop.

Ulster have a 100% record in Pool 3 and victory over Clermont would go a long way to helping them secure a home quarter-final.

"That’s exactly what we want to do, go over there and play well and if we are to win over there we will have to play exceptionally well," said coach Dan Soper.

"Looking at the performances, we have probably had a steady upward incline in terms of the quality of performance, we have got an opportunity to get a home quarter-final in Europe which would be pretty great."