Ulster were left facing a prop crisis on Saturday morning after Declan Fitzpatrick, Tom Court and Ricky Lutton all suffered injuries during the 27-9 loss to Glasgow Warriors in the PRO12 at Scotstoun on Friday.
With Callum Black recovering from an ankle injury and John Afoa possibly out for the rest of the season with a back issue, last night’s injuries have left them short in terms of props.
The most serious concern was for Ireland tighthead prop Declan Fitzpatrick who had just returned following concussion protocols but ended up in hospital after the match suffering from heart palpitations.
Tom Court suffered a shoulder injury and Ricky Lutton had a foot injury.
They will be assessed further over the weekend.
In spite of last night’s loss, Ulster remain in second place in the standings, although fourth place Munster can overhaul them if they win at Connacht tonight.
Significantly though, Glasgow moved to within a point of Ulster and with a game in hand are favourites to take third place.
Ulster will have to battle to secure fourth place with games against Leinster - who moved nine points ahead at the top last night with a 62-7 drubbing of Treviso - at home in two weeks time following by a trip to Munster.