Ulster returned to winning ways on Friday night in the Guinness PRO12 – but their 14-7 victory over Edinburgh may have come at a price.
The spirited triumph at a windswept Kingspan Stadium saw Ulster climb two places into fifth in the table.
It was just the response director of rugby, Les Kiss, wanted after back-to-back defeats.
But with Iain Henderson and Peter Nelson stretchered off – and Darren Cave, Dan Tuohy and Rob Herring joining the pair in the medical room – Kiss admitted the injury situation was a concern.
“It does not look good for a few of them. I only have an early assessment and once we get a few scans back tomorrow we will know a bit more. But I dare say a few of them will be long-term,” Kiss said.
“Darren (Cave) was an AC joint so we have to manage it as it was quite painful. Hendo (Henderson) has an issue in the hamstring region. Nelson has a pretty nasty foot injury and although Dan (Tuohy) seems okay we need to have another look at his right leg.
“And then right at the end Rob Herring suffered a foot injury. It is certainly not good, but we will have to get through.”
With Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Stuart Olding all still out injured, it will leave Ulster further depleted as they head into back-to-back European Champions Cup games against Toulouse, the French side coming to Belfast next Friday night.
In spite of the injuries, the win over Edinburgh pleased Kiss as did many aspects of the performance.
A penalty try and a quality finish from winger Rory Scholes, plus two conversions from Paddy Jackson, helped earn the win.
“There were some elements of our game in the past which were not too far away and I think it was a credit the way the boys upped the ante and brought pace to the game,” Kiss added.
“We probably left a couple of opportunities out there and were denied another, but overall tonight was a good positive step for us.”