Leinster have confirmed that Josh van der Flier has returned to full training, after spending the last seven months on the sidelines with an ACL injury.

The Ireland international suffered serious knee ligament damage back in February, during Ireland’s Six Nations victory over France.

Var der Flier was forced to undergo surgery to repair the damage and was given an initial return date of mid-November but is back well ahead of schedule.

The Wicklow man is in now the reckoning for Leinster’s Guinness PRO14 clash against the Scarlets on Saturday.

However there’s bad news elsewhere for Leinster after it was confirmed that winger Barry Daly must go under the knife to repair damage done to his knee during his side’s narrow 33-32 victory over Cardiff Blues on Friday.

While the procedure is said to be a minor one, Daly will still be out for an extended period of time, while scrum-half Nick McCarthy also faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his wrist in training.