There were a number of notable omissions from the Irish training squad announced on Tuesday including live wire Ulster winger, Craig Gilroy.
The three-quarters missed the summer tours due to an injury and his rehabilitation has continued with the groin problem since then.
Gilroy is now expected to make his return to the Ulster squad this weekend when the first of this season’s Irish PRO12 derbies is staged in Galway.
New Ireland coach had indicated that the likes of Gilroy and another young rising star from Ulster, Stuart Olding, would be monitored to see how they make their return to playing.
It is no better time for Gilroy to be making his return to the game, with an appearance on Saturday evening against Connacht expected from the bench.
Olding remains on the injury list, a hip-flexer issue continuing to delay his return in an Ulster shirt having toured North America with Ireland in the summer.
Ulster had no fresh injuries from the agonising last minute 13-12 defeat to Glasgow last Friday night at Ravenhill.
Gilroy’s return will add further competition to an already competitive backline where places for wings and centres are now at a premium.
British & Irish Lion, Tommy Bowe, is due to return to playing either next week of the week before the opening Heineken Cup home clash with Leinster, and that too will be an incentive for Gilroy to get back to playing with Ireland the furthest thing on his mind at the moment.
Michael Allen and David McIlwaine could well start against Connacht this weekend, although head coach, Mark Anscombe, had indicated he would be looking at a few options ahead of the game.
But it will not be making changes just for the sake of it or mixing things up, the decision will be made on what is best for the individuals what is needed in terms of the team and who they are facing.
“There is not a lot between a few people and we just have to make sure that we look at each player individually and make sure they are in the situation where they are accountable for each performance.
“It means when they look at their game they actually do look at it and recognise they things they must be better at and work on.
“That sometimes is the difference between making the team and not being selected,” explained Anscombe.
Robbie Diack was rested last week for the Scots and will be back in the mix this weekend once again, while Chris Henry should find himself reinstated at openside - many people keen to see No 8 Nick Williams, Roger Wilson - who was the stand-out forward last week - playing together.
Ulster will name their team on Friday for the trip West.