Leinster Rugby backs coach Felipe Contepomi provided an update on the squad when he spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 6 meeting with Benetton Rugby at Stadio Monigo (KO 2pm local/1pm GMT).

James Ryan will look to resume training after a slight calf injury from the Connacht game on 4 January. A final assessment will be made later in the week.

Johnny Sexton continues to make good progress from a knee injury and will again look to increase his training load this week.

There were no further updates on Vakh Abdaladze (back), Michael Bent (calf), Jack Conan (foot), Barry Daly (knee), Rónan Kelleher (hand), Dan Leavy (knee) and Rory O’Loughlin (shoulder).

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