Carbery set to play this week

Date published: February 7 2017

Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery is back in training with Leinster ahead of their return to PRO12 action against Treviso this Sunday.

Carbery is part of a returning quartet – Mike Ross, Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden the others – who should be available for selection.

Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey stated that Carbery, who made his Ireland debut last November, is keen to return to the Test side.

“Joey is just back into the fold, and is going really, really well. He’s started training back, and is looking in good shape,” he told Irish Rugby.

“He just wants to get back on the field. He realises that his first stepping stone is to try and get into the Leinster squad, get game-time under his belt, and worry about higher honours further down the line.”

Meanwhile, wing Isa Nacewa has recovered from a dead leg but there’s less encouraging news regarding flank Rhys Ruddock’s thigh injury.

“It (Ruddock’s injury) is not significant. It is a slight tear on his quad. He’s doing rehab at the moment, he’s doing a good bit of work,” added Dempsey.

“It’s something that he has just picked up a couple of weeks ago. He’s been fortunate enough that we’ve had that time off, and he’s had that opportunity to work through it. He’s out this weekend.”