ULSTER coach Mark Anscombe cursed his side's bad luck after it was confirmed that Paddy Wallace's season has been ended by a serious injury.
Anscombe said he was as surprised as anybody when he learned late on Monday night that Wallace required surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee following the game against Glasgow last Friday evening.
The injury rules out the 34-year-old Wallace for the remainder of the season and leaves a question mark over his continuing a long distinguished career.
He was well on his way to becoming the first Ulster player to make 200 appearances but now, sitting at 12 shy, one can see the utility back returning for one more season.
"Paddy has been bloody good for us this season," sighed Anscombe. "I have never known anything like it in my lifetime with the amount of ACL injuries.
"We have had four or five this season, and normally maybe you would get one maybe every year or two. But to have this many is unheard of. Why? I have just no idea. Bad luck, misfortune or whatever."
Anscombe welcomes back Paddy Jackson, Iain Henderson and Declan Fitzpatrick from Ireland duties, as well as lock Lewis Stevenson, who was 24th man at Murrayfield, for Friday's Pro12 clash against Treviso at Ravenhill.