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O'Driscoll eyes return to action this season

Hugh Farrelly

Published 01/02/2012 | 05:00

BRIAN O'DRISCOLL will watch Ireland's Six Nations opener against Wales from the President's Box in Lansdowne Road on Sunday but says his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery is "progressing nicely" and is banking on playing for Leinster before the end of the season.

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"Things are progressing very nicely and I'm hoping to have some playing involvement with Leinster before the end of the season," O'Driscoll told irishrugby.ie.

"There have been peaks and troughs mentally on the rehabilitation road but I'm energised by the prospect of being able to play again and over the next few weeks stepping up the levels in training to incorporate skills work. The body is responding positively. In fact the enforced lay-off has been hugely beneficial in offsetting the wear and tear of high-level rugby over a sustained period of time.

"It feels strange not to be involved in the Six Nations Championships. I'm intrigued by how the boys are getting on in camp, about new game plans and the re-jigged coaching structure.

"I will be at the Wales game on Sunday because I was kindly given two tickets by Philip Browne (IRFU chief executive) for the Presidential Box.

"I may have to tone it down vocally, which will be a real challenge, because I get animated watching matches."

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