James Lowe won't lack for motivation to return for Leinster and Ireland as soon as possible, according to Robin McBryde.

The wing suffered a hamstring injury just before Andy Farrell named his squad for the Guinness Six Nations.

A star of the November series, including a famous victory over his native New Zealand, the 29-year-old's absence has been cushioned by the emergence of Mack Hansen.

The Canberra-born Connacht back has been thrust into the frontline by Farrell and picked up a man of the match award on his debut against Wales, and scored his first international try against France on Saturday with an audacious piece of skill.

The URC champions never rush players back ahead of time but McBryde, the former Wales hooker now an assistant with Leinster, said they would see how the Kiwi goes at training this week ahead of their home match against Ospreys on Saturday (5pm, live on RTÉ2).

Leinster at training Monday afternoon

"It's very hard to [know] with James, he’s always full of life, he’s never short of a word or two," said McBryde, whose side beat Edinburgh 26-7 at the weekend.

"His body language is great and that’s all I can comment on really. We just have to wait to see how he gets on this week.

"You’d like to think [he’d be back as soon as possible].

"The motivation of getting back into a Leinster team and then, who knows, if he proves his fitness as regards to Ireland as well.

"The motivation is there for every player but especially someone like James who offers something different as well. It would be great to see him back."

Leo Cullen's side will also have the considerable talents of Cian Healy, Ryan Baird and Jordan Larmour (above) to call upon for the RDS clash.

Prop Healy was used twice off the bench in Ireland's opening two championship games, while lock Baird saw action against Wales nine days ago.

The last of utility back Larmour's 30 caps came against Japan in the summer, with the 2018 Grand Slam-winning back having fallen down the pecking order.

Asked if the trio would feature against the Welsh outfit, who beat then-URC leaders Edinburgh on their last outing, McBryde said: "I'm not sure, I’m not privy to those conversations really.

"Having been on the other side of the fence, from a national point of view you send players back in order for them to get game time, in order for them to strengthen their case for selection for the national team so I’m sure that will be the case."

Cullen's side have won the last four United Rugby Championship titles but have already suffered two defeats this season, to Ulster and Cardiff, from their nine games.

"Leinster are well used to having the favourites' tag and are more than capable of living up to it," added McBryde, who won 41 international caps, including four for the Lions.

"It just shows the strength that is in the URC. We haven't deserved to win those games that we’ve lost.

"We haven’t been good enough and sometimes it's good to have that shot across the bows, that if you are not on top of your game, just 5% off then it’s going to cost you.

"That was a warning shot after the Cardiff game, I thought we responded pretty well against Edinburgh.

"We dug in, we’re frustrated with certain aspects but we got the bonus point and I think it will be good preparation for this weekend.

"We've got to respect the Ospreys game as well, what they offer in attack and defence. They’ve got a major catalyst at Rhys Webb at 9, he’s more than a handful really.

"They’ve got some players who will be keen to make an impression and I’ll be surprised if they don’t get players back from the Welsh camp. It’s going to be a big challenge.

"They are scrummaging particularly well, have some experienced players and we are going to have to be at our best."