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Cian Healy 'gutted' after hip injury but targeting return for Saracens showdown

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Cian Healy picked up a hip injury against England at Twickenham. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cian Healy picked up a hip injury against England at Twickenham. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Cian Healy picked up a hip injury against England at Twickenham. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

IRISH prop Cian Healy hopes to return from injury for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens on Saturday, April 4.

Healy was forced off after just 26 minutes of Ireland’s defeat against England at Twickenham last Sunday, having suffered an injury in the lead-up to Elliot Daly’s try. The 32-year-old will not feature in Ireland’s remaining Six Nations game owing to his hip injury.

In an added frustration for the loosehead prop, he will have to wait a little longer to reach the 100-cap mark. Healy reached 98 against England and could hit the landmark milestone this summer if he travels to Australia for Ireland's end-of-season tour.

However in the immediate future, Healy is concentrating on getting fit for Leinster's crucial last-eight tie with Saracens at the Aviva Stadium, in a rematch of last season's Champions Cup final

“Big thanks to everyone for their kind messages over the last few days," said Healy on Instagram.

“I’m absolutely gutted with the injury but one thing is for sure, I will come back stronger and better. I’m surrounded by incredible medical teams in both Leinster and Ireland and have every faith in the plan ahead. We’ve set a target to return for the Champions Cup quarter-final and I will do everything in my power to achieve this! Time to get to work."

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