Johnny Sexton and Garry Ringrose are both in contention to return for Leinster's Heineken Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints at the RDS on Saturday.

Sexton missed Saturday's impressive opening pool defeat of Montpellier after his leg tightened up following the captain's run, while Ringrose is still recovering from the broken jaw he sustained against Italy back in October.

Both players will be monitored in training this week with Leinster not ruling either out for the lunchtime kick-off.

Scott Fardy jarred his knee against Montpellier but is expected to be fine, however 24-year-old centre Conor O’Brien is facing a lengthy spell out after suffering an ACL injury in training last week.

He'll undergo a procedure before starting rehab.

Ed Byrne (calf), James Lowe (groin), Tadhg Furlong (calf), Tommy O’Brien (ankle), Jack Conan (neck), Max Deegan (knee), Jordan Larmour (shoulder), Vakh Abdaladze (back) and Adam Byrne (hamstring) all remain out.