Leinster winger, Fergus McFadden, has returned to full team training as the province continue preparations for Saturday’s PRO14 clash with Zebre in Stadio Zaffanella.
The 32-year-old hasn’t featured since suffering a “high grade” hamstring injury during a training session in mid-October.
McFadden will be assessed as the week goes on but could be available to feature in this weekend’s game. Dan Leavy is unlikely to be available for selection as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Garry Ringrose has returned to the Leinster set-up this week as he recuperates from a slight hamstring injury that kept him out of Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations win over Scotland. The 24-year-old will return to the Ireland camp next week.
In other injury news, Devin Toner had an operation on an ankle injury last week and is expected to be out for up to eight weeks while Joe Tomane will “continue to increase his training load” this week as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
Speaking to Leinster Rugby TV, Stuart Lancaster said that Toner’s operation was “successful”.
“Dev, obviously unlucky with his injury – I actually can’t think of when Dev’s been injured before. To lose him, from an Ireland set up, is huge.
“The operation has been successful, as far as I understand, so he’ll begin a slow, progressive rehab. Hopefully, he’ll be fit towards the end of the season and contribute towards Leinster’s push at the end.”
“Joe Tomane’s getting closer. Certainly, in the next week or two, he should be training on the field with us which will obviously put him back into contention for selection.”