Sean O'Brien and Cian Healy could be back in blue by the end of next month. Leinster expect the injured duo to return ahead of schedule.
Both were major doubts for the Six Nations but they are making good progress on their recovery. Marty Moore and Ben T'eo are also expected to feature early in the new year.
Richardt Strauss and Shane Jennings are both available for selection against Munster at Thomond Park on St Stephen's Day