Cian Healy on neck surgery: I was just happy when I was told I would play rugby again
Ireland and Leinster star Cian Healy has revealed that his first thought was that he may be left paralysed after being told he must undergo neck surgery.
The loosehead missed the final eight weeks of the season after undergoing the unavoidable surgery but was content once he knew that his playing career was not under threat.
Healy is back in camp with Ireland as they prepare for four warm-up games before the Rugby World Cup begins in September and feels that his recovery is coming along well.
"I’m recovering from a neck surgery at the end of the season. It’s going pretty well," he told Tubridy on 2FM this morning.
"It’s about building up the arm again because there was so little movement in it in training after it... hence why I’m so fat now. It was complete forced rest to give everything a chance.
"I was told this needs to be fixed you can’t continue without fixing it and let’s do it. You have the top surgeons on your side and you listen to what they say.
"If it’s a neck surgery and it could have left me paralysed and it might if I didn’t get it fixed and that’s the way my head thinks.
"They assured me that it wasn’t a situation like that. I was happy to be told that I’d be able to play rugby again."
Healy is just back from holidays in the States and is paying for some over-indulgence across the Atlantic.
"At the moment it’s just fitness, shed off the summer pounds. We’re building up a bit of muscle again.. one or two weight sessions a day and out on the pitch running," he added.
"It’s pretty intense what we’re doing but short.
"A few times I was there and saying, ‘I can’t believe I’m having another burger’. You have to be able to tell yourself to stop."
The 27-year-old was bullish about Ireland's chances in the Rugby World Cup and believes that a lot of that has to do with manager Joe Schmidt.
"I’ve said it before, I think we’re a well-drilled team and we’ve got enough experience in there and enough new blood in there to be able to do exciting things and go up against the best in the world," he continued.
"We’ve got a great coach and a management system in there."
On Joe Schmidt, he said: "He's obsessive with rugby, he loves it. It’s all he eats, drinks, talks about. He is the perfect man to have in that role. I’ve never came across a man who knows more about the sport.
"You know how to pick teams apart when you know their game so much.
His style?: "It’s laid back but it’s got intensity when it needs it."