Brian O'Driscoll's injury fears ease ahead of Cup opener

Brian O'Driscoll

Fears that Brian O'Driscoll could miss Leinster's Heineken Cup opener against debutants Exeter because of injury appear to have eased.

O'Driscoll left the field with an ankle injury in Saturday's win over Munster, but Leinster said on Monday he should be available for this weekend's game.

Kevin McLaughlin should also be available on Saturday despite picking up an arm injury against Munster.

However, Rob Kearney may miss out again because of a back injury.

Full-back Kearney missed the win over Munster after being injured in the Pro12 defeat by Connacht a week earlier.

Isa Nacewa should be in contention to start against the Chiefs despite sustaining a knock on Saturday.

Wing Andrew Conway appears to be the most significant of Leinster's injury worries from the Munster game after sustaining a stinger (nerve damage) injury.

Ireland quartet Isaac Boss (arm), skipper Leo Cullen (arm), Gordon D'Arcy (rib) and Cian Healy (bicep) are likely to return to the squad after missing Saturday's 30-21 win.

South African Quinn Roux is again likely to be ruled out because of a shoulder injury.

Exeter will head into their first ever Heineken Cup game boosted by Saturday's 42-28 Premiership win over Harlequins.

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