Sean O’Brien is desperate to get a full game under his belt for Leinster as the Ireland squad for the November internationals is set to be named.

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland take on Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA on consecutive Saturdays starting on 3 November.

The back row is returning to full fitness after overcoming shoulder and hip issues that allowed him only a bit-part role last season.

O’Brien has played four times this season, all bar once off the bench, and has yet to complete an 80-minute stint.

The Carlow man missed out on Ireland’s only win over New Zealand when Schmidt judged that he was not match-fit for the Chicago Test in 2016 – a call that didn’t go down well with O’Brien at the time.

Ireland get another swing at the world champions on 17 November and while maintaining the one-game-at-a-time line, there is a sense that he has some unfinished business.

"I could do with [80 minutes] probably this weekend but we’ll see what happens," he said ahead of the province's trip to Treviso on Saturday for a Guinness Pro14 clash. 

"Whatever the squad is for November then and leading into four games so hopefully I’ll get more minutes this weekend and see what happens after that

"It’s just about taking one game at a time for me at the minute.

"I had a mixed bag in the [loss to Toulouse]. I felt good with certain things I did but [there were] a few silly mistakes that I usually wouldn’t do.

"[I’m] just getting a bit of sharpness.

"It’s nearly there, every week has been an improvement.

"That’s what I’m most pleased about I suppose. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get more minutes.

"[I’m] staying nice and patient and not expecting to be doing anything too magical out there just yet."

Munster's Conor Murray is not expected to be named in the squad as he recovers from a neck injury, while there could be call-ups for team-mate Mike Haley and Ulster centre Will Addison.