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4 February 2013; Leinster's Eoin O'Malley during squad training ahead of their Celtic League 2012/13 game against Cardiff Blues on Friday. Leinster Rugby Squad Training and Media Briefing, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

4 February 2013; Leinster's Eoin O'Malley during squad training ahead of their Celtic League 2012/13 game against Cardiff Blues on Friday. Leinster Rugby Squad Training and Media Briefing, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

4 February 2013; Leinster's Eoin O'Malley during squad training ahead of their Celtic League 2012/13 game against Cardiff Blues on Friday. Leinster Rugby Squad Training and Media Briefing, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Eoin O'Malley is on the brink of a return to action in what would be his 50th cap for Leinster away to Cardiff Blues in the PRO12 League at The Arms Park on Friday night.

The outside centre has not been able to represent Leinster since last May when a cruciate ligament injury and subsequent operation took him down.

There was an appearance in the midfield for the facile British and Irish Cup defeat of Jersey before Christmas. But, he suffered a minor setback.

The 24-year-old is not a racing certainty for Friday, whereas wing Dave Kearney and flanker Dominic Ryan are available for selection.

 

Stalwarts

Despite the fact that Leinster have lost a host of stalwarts to the Six Nations, there is a decent thread of experience on hand in the form of captain Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings, Isaac Boss, Isa Nacewa and Heinke van der Merwe.

Indeed, Van der Merwe, a real life unsung hero for the club, should make his 80th appearance since he made his debut for the province in the Autumn of 2010.

There still has to be some horse dealing over the Ireland release of prop Michael Bent, flankers Kevin McLaughlin and Rhys Ruddock and maybe even Luke Fitzgerald.

The team will be named on Thursday at midday.


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