Leinster say Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton is "progressing well" in his recovery from a knee injury, but there is no word on whether he is likely to be fit for the Six Nations opener against Scotland on 1 February.

The 34-year-old damaged knee ligaments in Leinster's Champions Cup win in Northampton three weeks ago and head coach Leo Cullen has already revealed he expects Sexton to miss the province's January' fixtures, which include Friday's Pro14 derby with Connacht and European dates with Lyon and Benetton.

Leinster assistant coach Robin McBryde said that Sexton will be reviewed again later in the week regarding the next steps in his rehabilitation.

McBryde, who joined from Wales after the World Cup, told RTÉ Sport that Leinster's phenomenal results so far this season - they have won all 13 games they've played - are proof the players are thriving under the weight of expectation.

"It's a different type of pressure but it's one we have got to embrace," he said. "We've got to be comfortable with the pressure that being successful brings.

"From the outside coming in here, just looking at the hard work the boys put in, that's what it's down to.

"There's no better way really, to have that air of expectancy, that weight upon your shoulders that being part of the group puts on you. You don't need any coach to tell you what is expected. They just have to live up to it."

McBryde also confirmed that Ross Molony had come through Saturday's win over Munster with no issue after his return from a foot injury, while Jamison Gibson-Park is expected to be available for selection after missing out at Thomond Park due to illness.

Joe Tomane will reintegrate into full training this week following a hamstring injury, but there was less positive news on Rory O'Loughlin and Michael Bent.

O’Loughlin has had a shoulder procedure, which could keep him out of action for up to 12 weeks. Bent sustained a calf injury in training  that will keep him out for an as yet unspecified amount of time.

Rónan Kelleher (hand), Vakh Abdaladze (back), Jack Conan (foot), Barry Daly (knee) and Dan Leavy (knee) all remain out with their various injuries.

Meanwhile, Connacht prop Paddy McAllister is facing a ban, having been cited for a dangerous tackle on Ulser's Marcell Coetzee in the Northerners' 35-3 derby win last Friday.

McAllister made contact with the head of the South African flanker while attempting to tackle, but was not punished at the time. Both players ended up leaving the field after the incident.