Tuesday 23 July 2019

'Jared is getting headaches after hard work' - No timeframe on return for Ireland star Payne

Ireland's Jared Payne. Photo: PA
Ireland's Jared Payne. Photo: PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland centre Jared Payne still isn't ready to return to action after being sidelined since the Lions tour due to headaches.

Payne was forced to withdraw from the final Lions midweek game against the Hurricanes after developing the symptoms, which haven't abated enough in the time since to allow him to return to action with Ulster.

Speaking to the media ahead of this Saturday's game against Treviso, Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss offered an update on Payne's situation, although it is unlikely to cheer up Ulster fans.

"It's with the head and the neck and Jared is getting headaches after hard work," Kiss told the BBC after saying that the injury is 'not concussion-related'.

"We have to work slowly but surely to get him to a point where he is right again."

"It's certainly frustrating and not ideal for Jared, we'll do the best we can for him to make sure he is right," added the Ulster boss.

"We won't do anything until he has had a week of freedom [from headaches] from his responses after training."

Kiss also said that there was no timeframe on a return for Payne at the moment.

Payne has been capped 20 times for Ireland after qualifying through the residency rule in 2014, with his last appearance coming at fullback against England in 2014.

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