Dan Leavy and Rhys Ruddock ruled out for another week as their chances of making Six Nations return diminishes
Leinster duo Dan Leavy and Rhys Ruddock face a race against time in their quest to feature in the rest of Ireland's Six Nations' campaign after being ruled out of another week of provincial action.
And scrum-half Luke McGrath seems unlikely to appear for the rest of Ireland's title defence either.
Grand Slam winner Leavy faces another week of rehabilitation on a troublesome calf injury which has shown little obvious recent improvement and he has not featured since December in Leinster colours.
Ruddock sustained a hamstring strain last week in training ahead of the trip to Zebre last weekend and he will this week enter a period of rehabilitation.
Leinster only have one remaining match in this three-week block of PRO14 fixtures and with the pair unlikely to be fit for next week's game against the Cheetahs, their chances of featuring in Joe Schmist's squad for the title run-in appear very slim indeed.
There remains no update on scrum-half Luke McGrath's recovery from a knee injury and he also seems certain to miss out entirely on the 2019 championship.
Ahead of Leinster's home clash with Southern Kings this Friday night in the RDS, Dave Kearney must undergo the graduated Return to Play protocols after presenting with some minor latent concussive symptoms after the victory against Zebre.