Friday 20 July 2018

Leinster star Rhys Ruddock gives positive update on his return after nasty hamstring tear

Rhys Ruddock of Ireland
Rhys Ruddock of Ireland
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Leinster and Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock is hopeful that he will be back in action before the end of the season after suffering a bad hamstring injury last month.

Ruddock was forced off during the first half of Leinster's Champions Cup away win in Exeter in December, and was subsequently diagnosed with a grade three hamstring tear.

The injury came at a very inopportune time for the back row, who had been one of Leinster's best performers during their strong start to the season.

Ruddock was a guest on The Left Wing podcast this week, where he opened up on the tough injury blow he suffered - before giving a positive update on his return.

"There is never a good time to get injured but I'm just glad with the amount of progress I've made so far," he said.

"It was a tough couple of weeks when you are on crutches and you aren't able to drive but now I've started my rehab. I am making progress every day and I'm enjoying the whole process to be honest with you."

"At the moment I am hoping to be available to be fit and ready to go before the end of the season comes around. So that is great news. That's the outlook now. I haven't put a definitive date on it now but in a few weeks time when I am back running, I might be able to have a more defined date. Before the end of the season is out with Leinster I am hoping to be fit and available."

Ruddock also discussed how having a positive mentality has helped him during his recovery, and that he was able to come to terms with the severity of his injury almost immediately.

"When the injury happened, I knew instantly what had happened," he said.

"I kind of self-diagnosed myself on the pitch and for that reason I was reasonably calm. I almost had to come to it there and then, rather than waiting for a scan. I knew then and there what had happened. I spoke to the physios and they supported my expert opinion!"

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