Leinster have received a major boost ahead of next weekend's Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse, with Johnny Sexton "good to go" as he recovers from the quad injury that has kept him out of action since Ireland's Six Nations defeat to Wales last month.
The out-half will not feature in Leinster's PRO14 meeting with Glasgow Warriors this afternoon, but he is in line to return for the Aviva Stadium showdown with Toulouse having come through training this week unscathed.
"Johnny is good to go," head coach Leo Cullen confirmed.
"He's trained well the last couple of days. He is in good spirits. He looked good today. He looked good yesterday."
Cullen said there are still places in next week's team up for grabs as he stressed that he will not pick any player on reputation alone.
"I think the gap has been really tight this year, which is good for us overall because again it just drives that level of competition," he added.
"If someone who in the past has been perceived as important… and then someone else steps in, it's this seamless transition.
"If you want to be successful in two competitions that's what you need. That's why we are where we are, we hope.
"In many ways, it just feels like the season is starting now. We're waiting to kick into gear. If we're not really on our game at this stage of the season, then it just ends like that."