Ulster 'hopeful' that Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik will face Glasgow in Guinness PRO14 semi-final

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says he’s ‘hopeful’ that both Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik will be fit for Friday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors.

Stockdale (hamstring) and Ludik (knee) have both missed the last few weeks due to their ailments, however they may be in line for a return this weekend.

Both trained at Kingspan Stadium today, but their involvement in Glasgow will be subject to late fitness tests ahead of tomorrow’s team announcement.

Ireland winger Stockdale hurt his hamstring away to Edinburgh last month, while Ludik was brought off during Ulster’s win over the Southern Kings in March.

On Stockdale, McFarland commented: “We’ll see as the week goes on, but he’s reintegrating. We won’t really know until we select the team, but we’d be hopeful.”

He added on Ludik: “That’s another one we’ll have to see as the week goes on, but he’s made pretty steady progress so there’s potential he might be available too.”

Ulster are aiming to reach their first final since 2013 when they face the Warriors on Friday night at Scotstoun Stadium.

The province have had an excellent season, reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup and now the semi-finals of the PRO14.

A victory over Glasgow, who defeated them in the 2015 league semi-final and subjected them to a 30-7 defeat last month at Scotstoun, would book their place in the May 25 showpiece at Celtic Park.

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