Thursday 19 January 2017

O'Brien not rushing return from latest injury setback

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Sean O'Brien insists that he will not rush back from the hamstring injury that has kept him out for the last six weeks as he looks to ensure that he is fit for Leinster's Pro12 run in as well as Ireland's summer tour to South Africa.

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The flanker was forced off after just 19 minutes of the defeat in Paris and he admitted he has learned to listen to his body over the years in terms of when to return from a lengthy lay-off.

Earlier this week, Leinster's backs coach Girvan Dempsey had suggested that O'Brien could return ahead of schedule but the player himself is more cautious.

"Yeah, it's coming along. I'm probably about a month away, maybe. The last two weeks have been pretty good and it's improved a lot," O'Brien said.

"I'm not contemplating coming back early but I'm contemplating coming back when I'm right. There's no point in coming back early. It's just one of those things that when it's right, it's right.

Rushing

"If I was younger, I think you would be rushing back and trying to do what you do. But there's no point in me coming back and pulling it again so it has to be completely 100pc right and strong. And that's the way it is.

"I'm in no rush. I need to be fit and ready to rock when I do get back.

"There's still a lot of rugby to be played really. If I'm back in the next month or so, hopefully I get the tail end of the season and see where we go from there. Hopefully the boys can do well over the next few weeks and leave us in a great place."

O'Brien believes that this summer's tour to South Africa will show where Joe Schmidt's side sit in terms of the top teams in the world.

"There's no better place to go and see where you're at as a group and see where we're at mentally. Especially in a place with such a hostile environment," he insisted.

"The next time we get an opportunity it's going to be against South Africa and that's when we'll know where we're at.

"It's a massive, massive few weeks over there but I'll definitely look forward to it if I'm involved."

Irish Independent

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