Fears that Stephen Ferris might be out for the remainder of Ulster’s season were dispelled last night by coach, Brian McLaughlin.
The Irish and Lions blindside was taken to hospital for x-rays following his substitution in the closing stages of Saturday night’s Ravenhill defeat by Cardiff Blues.
The initial fear was that he had suffered a broken jaw.
McLaughlin said: “He’s okay; there is no break. That’s a big relief for we need all hands on deck.
“Stephen is a key player and we could ill-afford to be without him. I’m just hoping that he runs into a rich vein of form for the remaining matches.”
McLaughlin also confirmed that Timoci Nagusa’s injury was nothing more than a painful knock.
“It was just a bang; he’s okay, which is good news, too,” he said.
“We need everybody we have at this stage. When you look at our squad we have 30 players, including some from the Academy. Clubs like Cardiff have 40-42. That’s what we’re up against.”