Tipp star faces up to championship fitness race
TIPPERARY midfielder James Woodlock has admitted that he faces a race against time as he battles to be fit for the forthcoming All-Ireland hurling championship.
Woodlock has been told that his broken right leg should be fully healed by March, before a lengthy period of rehabilitation begins.
Woodlock is certain to miss Tipperary's entire National Hurling League campaign but he hasn't given up hope of featuring at some point during the summer.
He explained: "When the bone is healed, I'm depending on (physio) John Casey. He's outstanding; he's been over a few times and has already given me small exercises, but I can't stop the leg from wasting because I'm not putting any pressure on it.
"He's there all the time, (trainer) Cian O'Neill the same," he adds.
"Caroline Currid, our sports psychologist, is always in contact along with Liam Sheedy, Eamon O'Shea and Mick Ryan (team management).
"Anything I need, I'm going to get but I can't rush this thing. I'm just looking forward to going back walking and I think I'm strong-minded enough to drive on from there.
"I'll be hoping to go on the training camp abroad with Tipperary in April; perhaps able to do some light work or something.
"Maybe that's ambitious. It's up to John Casey. Whatever he says, I'll go with. He'll put me through my paces once I go back and he said he'll work as hard as he can. After that, I don't know; I just want my leg to come back perfect first. I'll worry about hurling after that."