Ulster have been dealt a significant blow with the news that centre Stuart Olding will be out for up to nine months.
Olding suffered a knee injury in the bonus point win over Cardiff Blues on Friday.
An MRI scan has confirmed that he has an ACL injury in his right knee. He will require surgery and will be out of rugby for up to nine months.
In other injury news, Ruan Pienaar sustained a ‘stinger’ to his shoulder in the Cardiff match.
He has suffered soft tissue bruising, but is expected to be available for Ulster’s Pro12 match against Connacht.