Roger Wilson may be in line for this first game for Ulster since rejoining the club from Northampton Saints.
Wilson suffered a hamstring tear playing for Northampton Saints at the end of last season and has been nursing the injury ever since, but has been included in a the extended Ulster squad for Friday’s game against Dragons at Rodney Parade.
The number 8 has enjoyed impressive outings for Ulster’s second team, the Ravens, in recent weeks and scored two tries in Sunday’s loss to Bristol.
Wilson is unlikely to start against the Saints however and will most likely have to settle for a place on the bench.
Declan Fitzpatrick is also included in the extended squad, having recovered from a reoccurrence of a medial ligament injury.
Fitzpatrick picked up the injury prior to the Connacht match earlier this month but has undertaken full training over the past week and will be hopeful of getting much needed game time.
Stephen Ferris has been included after missing the last two games with a back injury, while flyhalf Niall O’Connor has also been added to the panel.