Ireland Italy Six Nations: Andrew Trimble set for recall in Rome as Paddy Jackson keeps place
Ulster captain Andrew Trimble looks set to be recalled to the Ireland side to face Italy in Rome on Saturday (2.25pm kick-off).
The winger missed the opening round of action, Ireland losing to Scotland in Murrayfield, with a groin niggle but is expected to be fit to face the Azzurri when Joe Schmidt names his side this afternoon.
Trimble could either make his comeback off the bench, in place of provincial team-mate Tommy Bowe, or take the starting berth from Keith Earls with the Munsterman then taking a spot among the replacements.
Trimble should be one of four players from Ulster in the matchday 23. With Johnny Sexton expected to miss at least one more game, Paddy Jackson will once again wear the 10 jersey, with Rory Best captaining the side from hooker.
Munster lock Donnacha Ryan is also pushing for a recall in the second-row, which could see Iain Henderson dropping to the bench in place of Ultan Dillane.
Other than the returns to fitness of Trimble and Ryan, Schmidt is not expected to make massive changes, keeping faith with those who lost to Scotland bar a possible rotation of his loosehead props Jack McGrath and Cian Healy.
On the other side of the scrum, Tadhg Furlong will remain in the number three jersey unless there are any last minute complications from the shoulder injury he picked up in Edinburgh.