12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Leinster have welcomed back Shane Horgan and Girvan Dempsey into their squad for Saturday's Heineken Cup tie against Gloucester (Lansdowne Road, kick-off 5.30pm).
The back line duo return having sat out last Friday's Magners League loss to the Borders. Dempsey and Malcolm O'Kelly could both notch up their 50th Heineken Cup caps if selected.
Meanwhile, the province's hooker Brian Blaney, having been cleared by an IRFU Disciplinary Hearing, has also been included by Michael Cheika, as has Old Belvedere's Andy Dunne - it is the former Bath out-half's first appearance in the squad since his return home.
The game is an all-ticket affair at Lansdowne Road and Leinster Rugby report that over 17,000 tickets have already been sold - for more information on tickets check out www.LeinsterRugby.ie
LEINSTER SQUAD (v Gloucester): Backs - Chris Whitaker, Cillian Willis, Andy Dunne, Christian Warner, Felipe Contepomi, Denis Hickie, Gordon D'Arcy, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Kieran Lewis, Luke Fitzgerald, Shane Horgan, Girvan Dempsey.
Forwards - Reggie Corrigan, Brian Blaney, Harry Vermaas, Will Green, Ronan McCormack, Bernard Jackman, Malcolm O'Kelly, Trevor Hogan, Owen Finegan, Adam Byrnes, Stephen Keogh, Cameron Jowitt, Keith Gleeson, Jamie Heaslip, Niall Ronan.