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  • O'Driscoll and friends return to training

    Matthew Booker, December 31 2012,
    Leinster has welcomed back Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald
    O'Driscoll has been warmly greeted at training this week
    O'Driscoll has been warmly greeted at training this week
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    Leinster have welcomed back some stars to training this week in what will come as a shot in the arm for the European champions.

    Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald have all returned to full-time training this week after recovering from their respective injuries.

    O'Driscoll has recovered from ankle surgery, Kearny has recovered from his back operation and Fitzgerald is back after his dangerous neck injury.

    "We'd be quietly confident that we might see Luke, Brian, Dave (Kearney), Rob and Eoin (O'Malley) all training fully next week and available for selection," Leinster boss Joe Schmidt said of his ailing squad.

    "I'm really confident about both (Brian and Rob returning) to be honest," he said.

    "Luke as well and Dave and Eoin. The problem I do have is if I do get them back for Edinburgh there is not a lot of time to knit ourselves back together when we have to chase big games against the Scarlets and Exeter away in the following two weeks.

    "It would be nice to get a run in for those guys challenging for spots but it is not a perfect world unfortunately."

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