The Leinster medical team have reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO 12 clash with Connacht at the RDS (5pm).
The management are hopeful that Andrew Conway, Kevin McLaughlin and Dominic Ryan will be available for selection following their respective ankle injuries and the trio will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of Friday’s lunchtime team announcement.
Hooker Tom Sexton resumed contact training late last week following surgery to a cruciate ligament earlier this summer and it is hoped that he will return to action in the coming weeks.
Second row Steven Sykes successfully came through his competitive debut for the province on Saturday against Aironi and suffered no ill effect to the knee injury which had sidelined him for the previous five weeks.
A further boost for Schmidt and his team is the return to training of Nathan White (calf) and Ben Marshall (knee).
Connacht will have to assess the fitness of James Loxton before deciding if he will be involved in Dublin, having come on as a 41st minute sub for Eoin Griffin against the Ospreys last weekend the Berlin born back lasted under twenty minutes before having to come off carrying an injury.
Eric Elwood used all but one substitute in a bruising encounter against the Welsh outfit which left his squad with a few knocks.
Having finished the game with an entirely different front row to that which started, Elwood has a few big calls to make in the pack heading into the derby clash in Dublin.
Given the absence of both Jerry Flannery and Damien Varley, Mike Sherry’s departure to New Zealand has further stretched Tony McGahan’s resources at hooker ahead of the Thomond Park meeting with the Ospreys on Saturday night (7.30pm).
It presents an opportunity for Sean Henry and Denis Fogarty to impress with both named in the 29 man squad to face the Ospreys.
Marcus Horan who has recovered from illness and Doug Howlett who was rested for last weekend’s defeat to Edinburgh both make the squad, as does 23-year-old full back Seán Scanlon.
Neither James Coughlan (neck) nor Darragh Hurley (achilles) will be involved in this weekend's game but should both be back when the League resumes later this month.
Ian Humphreys (shoulder), Jared Payne (dead leg) and Darren Cave (hamstring) have all been deemed fit enough to merit inclusion in Ulster’s provisional training squad ahead of the visit of Treviso to Ravenhill on Friday (7.05pm).
All three make a return having missed the disappointing defeat to the Dragons at the weekend. Callum Black is still ruled out with a neck injury.
Munster: S Deasy; S Scanlon, D Howlett, S Zebo, J Murphy, D Barnes, T Gleeson, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, D Williams, P Stringer; M Horan, W du Preez, J Ryan, J Hayes, S Archer, BJ Botha, D Fogarty, S Henry, D Foley, I Nagle, M O'Driscoll, B Holland, T O'Donnell, D O'Callaghan, N Ronan, P O'Mahony, P Butler.
Ulster: P McAllister, C Carey, J Cronin, D Fitzpatrick, A Macklin, J Burns, A Kyriacou, N Annett, N Brady, D Tuohy, L Stevenson, T Barker, N McComb, M McComish, P Wannenburg, C Henry, W Faloon, R Diack, P Marshall, I Porter, B McIlroy, I Humphreys, P Jackson, J McKinney, I Whitten, L Marshall, N Spence, D Cave, J Payne, C Gaston, C Gilroy, A D’Arcy.