Connacht out-half Jack Carty is facing up to three months out following a freak accident while on holiday.
He suffered a ruptured spleen following an incident on a water slide in Dubai.
Carty will remain in hospital for a week after having the spleen removed.
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) February 8, 2016
In better news for head coach Pat Lam, the news on Matt Healy, Jason-Harris Wright and Sean O'Brien is good as all three are all available following head injuries.
Meanwhile prop JP Cooney played an hour for Garryowen at the weekend, as he nears the end of his road to recovery from shoulder surgery.