Ulster Rugby will assess a leg injury suffered by Irish winger, Craig Gilroy on Monday morning
Gilroy took a heavy knock to his lower left leg nine minutes from the end of a 24-10 RaboDirect PRO12 loss to Munster in Limerick on Saturday night
Although it was too early to make a full assessment, the feeling within the Ulster camp was that Gilroy would be okay - even if he had to sit out this Friday’s game against Scarlets.
That would be probably precautionary ahead of two hugely crucial Heineken Cup games in Pool Four against Glasgow and Castres, with Ulster needing a win in both to be certain of qualifying for the last eight in Europe with a home draw.
Meanwhile, Ulster captain, Johann Muller, looks likely to miss both home games against Scarlets and possibly Glasgow on January 11.
And even the away game against French side Castres on January 19 may be too soon for the highly influential South African lock.
Ulster coach, Mark Anscombe, said: “He (Johann) is getting closer and closer.
“He is itching to get out there again, but I would say Castres, at this stage, is maybe going to be a week early for him.
“Really, as much as want him, maybe rugby this side of the break (before the Six Nations) is going to be a bit early.”
The Ulster locking situation is not as bad as it had been with Lewis Stevenson returning from injury for the game against Munster.