Ulster have been dealt a blow ahead of their return to PRO14 and Champions Cup action as Iain Henderson is ruled out for up to 10 weeks.
The Ulster Rugby Medical Performance Team today issued a squad update as the side prepares to face Connacht at the Aviva Stadium on August 23.
They will also have one eye on their Champions Cup quarter-final with Toulouse on September 20, but must now prepare for that without Henderson.
“Henderson recently underwent hip surgery and is expected to be unavailable for a period of 8-10 weeks – with an estimated return date of mid-late October,” read an official Ulster statement as they confirmed what is a significant injury setback to the team.
In other news, Angus Curtis continues to rehabilitate a multi-ligament knee injury while Andrew Warwick is poised to undergo hip surgery next week.
Ireland international centre Will Addison is rehabilitating a back injury but there’s some positive news on Greg Jones (ankle), Matthew Rea (ankle), Sam Carter (shoulder) and Matt Faddes (shoulder), who are now integrating back into training, following respective surgeries, and are projected to be fit for selection against Connacht.