Sean O'Brien in line to make Leinster return against Connacht this weekend
Sean O’Brien is on course to make a return to action for Leinster against Connacht in the PRO14 League on Saturday.
The Ireland flanker has not played since undergoing shoulder surgery in April.
It was even suggested, in some quarters, that he might follow Jamie Heaslip into retirement.
For sure, the Tullow Tank has taken more punishment than most, leading to an injury-riddled last three seasons.
He carried out the duties of Waterboy for Leinster against Edinburgh on Saturday and it eager to made his debut this season.
“I will probably in better shape than I have been in my life,” he said last month.
“I should be in the best place I have ever been in my career when I come back.”
James Ryan and Dan Leavy will follow return-to-play protocols from concussions issues against Edinburgh.
Scrum-half Nick McCarthy is also in the mix from a wrist injury and Ciaran Frawley is back from small fracture to his forearm.