Connacht have been dealt a huge blow with the news that lock, Gavin Thornbury will be out of action for a number of weeks with a shoulder injury, just as the province prepare for their European Challenge Cup opener.
The 24-suffered suffered the injury to his AC joint during the win over Scarlets last month.
Thornbury missed the game against Leinster as a result and head coach, Andy Friend confirmed that it will be November or even December, before he returns to the pitch.
The injury is the latest in a string of bad news for the province with new signing, Sevu Reece unlikely to join after pleading guilty in a domestic assault case in New Zealand while Dominic Robertson-McCoy faces a ban for a stamp on Josh van der Flier during last Saturday’s loss.
Connacht face a difficult trip to Kingspan Stadium this weekend to play Ulster, who welcome back a number of players from injury, including Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale, following their heavy loss to Munster on Saturday.
Following that, they welcome Bordeaux Begles to the Sportsground in the opening round of the Challenge Cup before traveling to face Sale Sharks in Salford seven days later.