Ulster's new signing Gareth Milasinovich is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a torn ACL injury in training.
Milasinovich, who signed for the Irish province in February, is scheduled for surgery and is expected to be out of action for approximately nine months according to an injury update.
The 26-year-old prop was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but qualifies for Ireland through his grandfather Norman McFarland, a former Ulster player.
He joins Ulster from Worcester Warriors who he made 28 appearances for last season.
Unfortunate news for Gareth Milasinovich, who sustained an ACL tear in training.— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) July 17, 2019
Gareth has been scheduled for surgery to have this repaired and he will be sidelined for approximately nine months.
Wishing him a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/s3ugyy4xLc
At the time of his signing, Ulster head coach Dan McFarland said:
"Gareth is a big strong man who will provide us with another good option and enhance competition for places in the front row.
"We have been aware of his development since his move to Worcester and we're looking forward to seeing him contribute to Ulster from next season."