No news is not good news for Leinster as the province remain unable to estimate a time-frame for the return to action of both Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney.
Heaslip looks unlikely to feature in the Champions Cup semi-final with Clermont next week having been ruled out of the Guinness Pro 12 clash with Connacht on Saturday.
The 33-year-old had an operation last month to repair damage to a disc in his lower back that forced him to withdraw from Ireland’s Six Nations victory over England.
Rob Kearney is facing an extended spell on the sideline after undergoing a knee procedure.
Scrum coach John Fogarty admits they are still unable to put a date on their respective returns such is the nature of the ailments:
“There’s no real change in what was said originally, they’re in the building they’re working their way through the injuries.
“We’ll see where they go, hopefully they get back in time but we’re not sure at the moment.
“Jamie and Rob are returning from their injuries, it’ll take however long it takes.
Fogarty was quick to allay fears that no time-frame for a return to play might hint to the severity of the respective injuries:
“There’s certainly a plan in place, Jamie’s one is a bit sensitive we want to make sure he arrives back nice and fit.
“There’s a lot of rugby left in the season so there’s no fixed date at this moment in time which doesn’t mean there’s no plan, we’re just seeing how he gets through his first couple of weeks.”
Jack Conan will be assessed after suffering a knock to the neck. Dominic Ryan is on the comeback trail after a knee injury, he’s expected to train this week.
Adam Byrne is also closing on a return to action after a hamstring injury.