Connacht have been dealt an injury blow with the news that they will be without Jarrad Butler for up to six weeks.
Butler has been in fine form for the Westerners since his summer move from Australia and played a starring role in his side’s recent Pro14 derby victory over Munster.
However Connacht have now confirmed that has undergone surgery for a knee injury he picked up in that game and will be out of action until mid-December.
That will rule him out of Pro14 games with Cardiff and Zebre and most likely out of a Challenge Cup double header with Brive.
Connacht have further issues in the backrow as they confirmed that James Connolly sustained an ankle injury in the provinve's Challenge Cup game against Worcester and will be reviewed by a specialist this week following which a course of treatment will be determined.
However there is better news for Jake Heenan, who is progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury and will return to action in December.
Elsewhere Andrew Browne is set to go under the knife this week to deal with an ongoing Achilles injury, ruling him out until 2018.