'It got into some pretty serious territory' - Jamie Heaslip reveals mystery injury was much worse than first feared
Jamie Heaslip has revealed that the injury which ruled him out of Ireland's Six Nations finale against England could have potentially ended his career.
Heaslip hasn't played since Ireland's loss to Wales in the Six Nations in March, having been ruled out for the remainder of the season as well as the summer's Lions tour after undergoing surgery.
Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk last night, the Leinster star was reluctant to go into specific details about his injury but did reveal that doctors were worried that it could be career threatening.
"I'm taking it week by week, obviously not the ideal time to get my first serious injury of my career but that's how the cards have fallen for me," Heaslip said.
"It just didn't progress the way we wanted to and it got into some pretty serious territory very quickly. It would have had some really long term consequences, permanent consequences.
"I had to address that pretty quickly. There was no beating around the bush".
The back row expressed his disappointment at missing out on Warren Gatland's squad to play the All Blacks, but added that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Heaslip previously toured with the Lions in 2009 and 2013, starting five tests at number eight.