Ulster expect South African backrow, Marcell Coetzee, to be recovered from a serious knee injury ahead of the start of next season.
There were concerns the Springbok could be out for up to nine months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament for a second time.
Ulster Rugby said yesterday Coetzee had suffered a serious cartilage tear and would be out for four months.
“It really is fantastic news - I think most people were fearing the worst,” said Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss.
The 25-year-old, who has been capped 28 times for the Springboks, made his Ulster debut against Edinburgh in February after missing the start of the campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture.
He had an immediate impact, registering an incredible 26 carries in a 59-minute appearance against the Scots.