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Leinster 'confident' BOD will be ready

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:27
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Leinster are “confident” Brian O'Driscoll will be fit for their final European Cup pool encounter away to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Following last Saturday's bonus point victory over the Scarlets, there are a number of niggles which will be monitored by the Leinster medical team ahead of the team announcement for the Exeter match.

O'Driscoll experienced some discomfort after rolling his right ankle which may limit his on-field involvement early in the week but the province's management are confident he will be fit for selection by Thursday.

Cian Healy was replaced at half-time after producing a typically lung-bursting display, while Jonathan Sexton, who received plenty of physical attention from the Llanelli side, was replaced by Ian Madigan late on as a precaution.

Otherwise, the management should be in a position to select from a strong panel for Saturday's all-important Round Six game.

Sean O'Brien was a late withdrawal from the Scarlets game due to illness, but he is expected to resume full training this week as will Kevin McLaughlin (shoulder).

Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss will be available for selection, while Isa Nacewa successfully came through his comeback game after missing the last few weeks with a forearm injury.

In a further boost, following his recent quad injury, David Kearney successfully came through his comeback game in the Leinster 'A' team's British and Irish Cup win over Pontypridd earlier on Saturday afternoon in a game which also saw second row Mark Flanagan (back) return to action.

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