Kearney last played in Ireland's Six Nations loss in Paris last month
Leo Cullen has made eight changes to the Leinster team from the side that defeated the Ospreys ahead of the rescheduled Pro12 game against the Glasgow Warriors.
Dave Kearney returns to the team after injuring his shoulder in the Six Nations against France. Zane Kirchner starts at full back for his 12th start of the season, with Isa Nacewa captaining the side from the right wing and Kearney coming onto the left.
In the centre, Cullen has again gone with Ben Te'o and Garry Ringrose, while in the half backs Luke McGrath and Cathal Marsh will start at nine and ten respectively.
In the pack it's a new front row combination with Peter Dooley, James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong packing down. While in the second row Mick Kearney and Hayden Triggs start together for only the second time this season.
In the pack Dominic Ryan starts having won his 100th Leinster cap last time out against the Ospreys with try scorer from that same game, Dan Leavy, and Jordi Murphy completing the pack.
Amongst the substitutes UCD flyhalf Joey Carbery is in line to make his first appearance for the senior team having played for the Leinster A team last weekend against London Welsh scoring 14 points with the boot.
Leinster team and replacements to face Glasgow Warriors:
(15-9): Zane Kirchner, Isa Nacewa (capt), Garry Ringrose, Ben Te'o, Dave Kearney, Cathal Marsh, Luke McGrath.
(1-8): Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong, Mick Kearney, Hayden Triggs, Dominic Ryan, Dan Leavy, Jordi Murphy.
Replacements (16-23): Bryan Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Peadar Timmins, Isaac Boss, Joey Carbery, Noel Reid.