LEINSTER are optimistic that they will be able to include Brian O'Driscoll in their squad when it is announced this afternoon for Saturday's Magners League trip to Connacht.
The centre picked up a hamstring injury in the home Heineken Cup win over Racing Metro 10 days ago and acted as water boy for Saturday's win over Saracens at Wembley.
Luke Fitzgerald wore the No 13 shirt in O'Driscoll's absence but picked up a hip injury, with results of his scan expected today. Fergus McFadden is ready to step in should both players miss out.
Connacht, meanwhile, have received a huge boost, with tighthead prop Jamie Hagan set to be fit to face the Blues. The 23-year-old limped off with an ankle problem in Friday's 16-13 win over Bayonne and it was feared he might be out for some time as it was the recurrence of an old injury. But coach Eric Elwood confirmed yesterday that Hagan is likely to be fit to face his native Leinster at the Sportsground.
Connacht are bidding for a third straight home win over Leinster but Elwood expects a tough test.
"They are coming into this on the back of some very good results but we will go in with confidence as well after our win over Bayonne so it should be a great derby match," said Elwood.
Elsewhere, after suffering a suspected recurrence of his calf injury against Toulon, luckless Munster hooker Jerry Flannery met a specialist yesterday to assess the extent of the damage and he is considered a doubt for the November Internationals.