Ulster reveal extent of Stockdale injury as winger to miss start of Pro14 season
Ulster have revealed the severity of Jacob Stockdale's hamstring injury as their back-line injury list grows further still before the PRO14 rugby season has even begun.
The province have confirmed that the international star will be fit to return to action in between six to eight weeks as the training ground injury arrives at a time when back-three options are already thin on the ground for the province.
Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe retired at the end of last season, while Charles Piutau departed to ply his trade in England with the Bristol Bears.
While short-term signing Henry Speight will train with his new team-mates for the first time this week after arriving from the Brumbies, the versatile Louis Ludik is already out until the winter with an injury picked up on the final day of last season.
The side, still awaiting the arrival of incoming head coach Dan McFarland, have Craig Gilroy and Rob Lyttle to call upon, and can press new signing Will Addison into action at full-back, but are also without youngster David Busby who, like centre Luke Marshall, has torn his ACL
If there is a silver lining, it's that Ireland internationals such as Stockdale are generally held out of the early PRO14 fixtures due to their workload over the course of the season.
Nosw that scans on his injury reveal it to be in the six to eight-week range, it can be seen as a similar situation to the one experienced last season with skipper Rory Best.
The hooker was injured coming off the Lions tour but in reality missed only two games he would have had any chance of playing in.