Connacht have announced that second row Ultan Dillane won't require surgery on an ankle injury, meaning that he could still play a part in Ireland's 2017 Six Nations campaign.
In an injury update released today, the province confirmed that Dillane will be out for 3-4 weeks, which would put the the 23-year-old at coming back for either Ireland's Six Nations opener against Scotland, or more likely, the second game against Italy one week later.
Dillane joins over 20 team-mates on a lengthy injury list, however, Connacht have also done a number of deals to alleviate their shortage of players, adding three new bodies to their squad.
Centre Tom Farrell joins for the remainder of the season from Bedford, as does Steve Crosbie, the former Leinster academy out-half who recently completed a three-month development contract with Munster.
Prop Peter McCabe has also joined from Munster on a loan deal.
Elsewhere, Ireland international Chris Henry has signed a new two-year deal to remain at Ulster until 2019. The flanker's current deal was due to run out at the end of the season.
It was the cheapest of cheap shots and the fact that Sam Cane went unpunished even after a disciplinary committee reviewed his reckless tackle on Robbie Henshaw made a mockery of the warning that World Rugby had issued prior to the November Tests.