Ireland are set to keep faith with Garry Ringrose for Friday's Six Nations clash with Wales.
Jared Payne returned to action for the first time since November in Ulter's win over Treviso last Friday.
He missed training yesterday because of bruising.
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby says the return to fitness of Payne doesn't mean Ringrose will be axed:
“We’d all say how impressed we’ve been with Garry,” Easterby told reporters in Carton House on Monday.
“He is a young man in years but he certainly looks like he’s playing beyond his years in terms of his understanding of the game, his awareness.
"He’s an intelligent rugby player who sees things that a lot of players cant see, who’ve been around a lot longer than him.
“We’re really impressed with Garry. We’ve known for a long time that he’s something special and he hasn’t done too much wrong so he’s going pretty well.