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Cian Healy pictured at a Leinster squad training session at UCD on Monday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cian Healy pictured at a Leinster squad training session at UCD on Monday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cian Healy pictured at a Leinster squad training session at UCD on Monday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Veteran trio Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Cian Healy are expected to return to the Ireland squad for the upcoming November internationals when Andy Farrell reveals his selection today.

Sexton, Earls and Healy were given the summer off, with Farrell handing out eight new caps for the wins over Japan and USA.

While Sexton is currently struggling with a hip injury, the captain is set to be fit for Ireland’s opening game against Japan on November 6, with New Zealand arriving in Dublin a week later, before the Autumn Series concludes against Argentina.

Robbie Henshaw (foot) is in a race to be fit for the Japan game, while James Ryan is also struggling with a head knock.

He could be passed fit in time, but his return will not be rushed given his history of concussion, as the Leinster and Ireland lock continues to follow the return-to-play protocols.

Will Addison and Chris Farrell have been ruled out through injury, with Simon Zebo among those hoping to earn a recall to the back-three, while James Hume may keep his place in the squad, having started the season well with Ulster.

Andrew Porter is expected to get game-time at loosehead, as Tom O’Toole and Finlay Bealham vie to provide back-up to Tadhg Furlong.

Harry Byrne is back in Leinster training after a hip issue, and is set to battle it out with brother Ross, Billy Burns, Jack Carty and the uncapped Ben Healy for the third out-half spot.

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