Ezra Taylor’s injury has forced head coach Eric Ellwood to look for temporary cover to help ease his back-row dilemma.
New Zealander Taylor is set to be sidelined for six weeks following knee ligament damage picked up in the 40-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons on the opening weekend and must wait for the results of a scan before knowing the full extent of the injury.
The former Queensland Red who was making his first competitive start for the province after signing in the summer, is added to a growing back row injury list which has already seen captain John Muldoon, Johnny O’Connor and Andrew Browne sidelined.
“It’s not looking good for Ezra. We are waiting for the results of the scan but, even being optimistic, it looks like he will be out for at least four to six weeks,” Elwood told the Irish Times.
“We have made a couple of enquiries, but nothing has come out of those yet.
“Last week we had a problem in the front row, and now we have a dilemma in the back row. Andrew Browne is not yet up to speed with his injury and it is not something we want to rush, so we are looking at a temporary replacement to get us out of a hole.”
Connacht travel to Wales this weekend to face the Scarlets in search of their first league victory away from the Sportsground since April 2008.