The Leinster squad have stepped up their preparations with a training session in UCD on Monday afternoon ahead of Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 game away to Ulster in Ravenhill (KO: 7.05pm, LIVE RTE2, BBC NI).
There are several fresh injury concerns for the Leinster management arising from Saturday night’s Heineken Cup game in the Aviva Stadium ahead of this weekend’s interprovincial derby.
On Sunday afternoon Richardt Strauss underwent a scan on a medial ligament injury he picked up in the opening moments of the game and is expected to be out for approximately 4 weeks. Shane Jennings damaged his shoulder against ASM Clermont Auvergne and was replaced by Jordi Murphy in the final quarter.
Jennings will be monitored by the medical team and is considered a doubt for Friday’s game alongside Isa Nacewa who suffered deep bruising to his arm.
Dave Kearney returned for the province on Saturday after his recent quad strain.
Friday night’s game could come a week or two too soon for Luke Fitzgerald, who has stepped up his rehabilitation programme this week, but it is hoped that the Ireland international could come into the frame for either the home game against Connacht in the RDS on December 29th (KO: 7.45pm) or for the Edinburgh match away at Murrayfield the following week.
There was good news for the province with Eoin O’Malley successfully coming through his first outing in the province’s 44-13 British & Irish Cup win over Jersey on Sunday afternoon and the centre will potentially come into the frame this week.
In a further fitness boost, hooker Aaron Dundon and wing forward Dominic Ryan both came through their second successive games for the ‘A’ team on Sunday afternoon after their recent long-term spells on the sidelines.