Ulster and Ireland centre Paddy Wallace underwent surgery on Thursday to repair tendon damage in his left thumb.
The 32 year old sustained the injury during Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 4 game against ASM Clermont Auvergne at Ravenhill.
The club’s medical staff had hoped surgery could be avoided but after reassessment on Wednesday, a decision was taken for Wallace to have an operation.
The injury is likely to keep Wallace out of action for 6-8 weeks.
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