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Leinster to make late call on Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong ahead of Gloucester clash

Leinster supporters during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool A Round 1 match against Racing 92 at Stade Océane in Le Havre, France on Saturday. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Leinster will wait until later in the week before making a final call on Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong's fitness ahead of Friday night's visit of Gloucester to the RDS.

The key Ireland duo missed last weekend's bonus point win over Racing 92 in Le Havre, as Leinster began their Heineken Champions Cup campaign by making a big statement.

Sexton and Furlong both increased their training loads towards the end of last week, as they look to recover from calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Leo Cullen will not be of a mind to rush either player back, particularly in light of how well his team played in France, with Ross Byrne and Michael Ala'alatoa both impressing in Sexton and Furlong's absence.

Gloucester saw off Bordeaux at home in their European opener, but Leinster will be confident of racking up another bonus point win against the Premiership outfit in Dublin on Friday.

Kiwi centre Charlie Ngatai came through the Racing game with no issues after his return from a shoulder injury.
Robbie Henshaw (wrist), Martin Moloney (knee), Ciarán Frawley (knee), Will Connors (bicep), James Tracy (neck), Charlie Ryan (knee) and Tommy O’Brien (knee) remain sidelined.

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