Leinster Rugby Senior Coach Stuart Lancaster provided an update on injuries ahead of the team’s return to action against Dragons in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday (RDS Arena, KO 7.35pm).

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa could make a return this week after recovering from an ankle injury which has kept him out since the bonus point win over Montpellier at the RDS last month.

Fergus McFadden is due to be available for selection this week having recovered from his hamstring issue.

Garry Ringrose has returned to rugby training this week after a shoulder injury sustained on Ireland’s summer tour.

Speaking about Ringrose’s potential availability, Lancaster said: “He looks sharp in training. We’ve still got to make sure he’s ‘contact ready’. He’s very, very close now.”

James Lowe

Dan Leavy (hamstring) and Ian Nagle (pectoral muscle) have also returned to rugby training this week and will be reviewed as the week progresses.

Josh van der Flier has made good progress from an ankle injury and will return to rugby training this week, but will not be available for the Dragons match.

Mick Kearney will also be unavailable for selection after injuring his AC joint against Glasgow Warriors.

The IRFU confirmed on Monday afternoon that Joey Carbery fractured his left wrist in Ireland’s win over Fiji and has been ruled out of the Argentina match this weekend.

Lancaster also spoke about the potential for new signing James Lowe to be involved this weekend, saying: “He’s only really had one or two rugby sessions so we need to get him up to speed a bit more with our systems and structures. But with big games coming around the corner we want to get him on the field as soon as we can with Exeter and the European Cup coming up.”

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