Ireland expect Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson to prove their fitness in time to face Scotland in Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash in Dublin.
The British and Irish Lions duo missed Ireland’s 37-27 win over Wales on February 24.
Ireland have racked up three straight wins in this year’s tournament and are now closing in on a third title in five years.
Joe Schmidt’s men’s Grand Slam bid would be handed a clear boost by the return of influential prop Furlong and bullish lock Henderson, with both now tipped for a return to full training.
“Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson continued their rehab last week and are expected to train fully this week,” read an Irish Rugby Football Union statement.
“Andrew Conway is continuing his return from a knee injury at Munster. Leinster’s Barry Daly joins the squad.
“Rob Herring rejoins the squad having resolved an elbow issue sustained playing for Ulster against Edinburgh,” it continued.