Leinster set to welcome back key trio

Updated: Monday, 31 Dec 2012 16:04

Leinster could have Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll in the squad for Friday's RaboDirect Pro12 game against Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday.

The trio are continuing to make positive strides in their respective rehabilitation programmes.

Isa Nacewa is also set to return either this week or next after suffering deep tissue bruising to his arm in the recent  Heineken Cup clash against Clermont Auvergne. 

In a further boost, second row Mark Flanagan - who has been unavailable since undergoing a back operation in July - is set to be available for Clontarf in the AIL this weekend away to St. Mary's College.

In other squad news, Andrew Conway received a dead leg when competing for a ball in the air during Saturday's victory over Connacht. It is anticipated that he will be fit to train during the week and available for the trip to Edinburgh.

Richardt Strauss is expected to return to the fray over the coming weeks and Shane Jennings, who was a late withdrawal from Saturday's line up due to illness, is expected to return.

Jennings could be joined by a number of other Ireland internationals - such as Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton - who were unavailable last weekend. Kevin McLaughlin, meanwhile, was rested as a precaution after sustaining a shoulder knock against Ulster the previous weekend and is also expected to be in the mix.