Murphy hoping to play again this season
Jordi Murphy is hopeful of making his return from a serious knee injury before the end of the season.
The Leinster flanker damaged his cruciate ligament and was stretchered off in the first half of Ireland's historic win over New Zealand in Chicago last November.
It was initially feared that Murphy could be out of action for anything between six and nine months but he is optimistic of still playing a part in Leinster's run-in.
"That's always been my goal - to try and get back before the end of the season and then try and break into a team that has been going so well," Murphy said.
"I haven't had any setbacks so I want to keep it that way. Originally I think they tell you nine months, no matter what. Then after scans they said six. I'm usually a quick healer so I'll try take a bit off that.
"Every week, it's been improving. It's feeling good. I'll be seeing the specialist in the coming weeks and then hopefully get back running."
Murphy's team-mate Seán Cronin is unlikely to return from his hamstring tear before the end of the Six Nations but the hooker is two weeks ahead of schedule and is confident of being fit for Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final against Wasps in April.
Meanwhile, Leinster captain Isa Nacewa underwent keyhole surgery on his knee earlier this week but isn't said to be in danger of missing the European clash.