Ireland medical team 'comfortable' with Cian Healy's battle for World Cup fitness
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby has given a positive prognosis on the neck injury Cian Healy is currently recovering from.
The prop had surgery on his neck in the latter part of last season but there had been reports last week that his recovery had hit a stumbling block and his World Cup participation was in doubt.
Giving an injury update at Carton House today, Easterby was upbeat about Healy's condition.
"All the boys coming back from shoulder surgery... Luke Fitzgerald, Marty Moore and Sean Cronin are progressing nicely with their rehabilitation programme. Their working hard to get back to full fitness," he said.
"Cian Healy is progressing nicely, working week-to-week with the medical team to give him the best opportunity to get right over the next couple of weeks so hopefully we can include him towards the back end of August.
"He is doing his rehabilitation programme and it's going according to plan. We don't want to put too much pressure on the situation.
"The medical team are on top of things and they are pretty comfortable about how it's going. We have to take advice from them.
"It's not ideal for a player not to get game time during this period."