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.
Cheika confirmed that he will not be rushing Ireland's World Cup players back into action, which will be music to the ears of the likes of young winger Luke Fitzgerald, who has started the league run in fine form with three tries in two games.
"At the end of the day, we didn't (originally) expect any of the Ireland players to get back until after the (World Cup) final. I want to give them time off to get themselves back on track. It's tough for them,' said the Leinster supremo.
"It's going to be a tough couple of weeks too going forward - they're going to take a fair bit of criticism I imagine. But we'll hopefully help them deal with that. They're good guys, they'll get over it."
The Australian also had a word of praise for the 20-year-old Fitzgerald who has begun the season at break-neck speed. "Luke's starting to get some consistent game-time this season and it's all a great learning experience for him. He got two tries last week against the Blues and if he can keep hitting that strike rate I'll be very happy with him."
Tickets for Friday's game are currently on sale from the Leinster Rugby Store (Donnybrook), Spar (Donnybrook) and from www.LeinsterRugby.ie.
LEINSTER Squad: Forwards - Stan Wright, Juan Francisco Gomez, Cian Healy, Stephen Knoop, Brian Blaney, Bernard Jackman, Leo Cullen, Devin Toner, Trevor Hogan, Cameron Jowitt, Kevin McLaughlin, Stephen Keogh, Jamie Heaslip, Keith Gleeson, Shane Jennings.
Backs - Chris Whitaker, Chris Keane, Cillian Willis, Jonathan Sexton, Christian Warner, Fergus McFadden, Fionn Carr, Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald, Ross McCarron, Gary Brown.