'It's haunting my thoughts' - Dan Leavy opens up on injury devastation after being ruled out of World Cup
Leinster and Ireland flanker Dan Leavy has opened up on his heartbreak after being ruled out of the rest of the season and the upcoming World Cup with a knee injury.
Leavy was seriously injured after coming off the bench in the 21-18 win over Ulster in the Champions Cup quarter-final, with the 24-year-old stretchered off after damaging his knee.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen confirmed afterwards that Leavy had suffered a serious injury and today he was ruled out for a significant period of time, which will include the World Cup in Japan this autumn.
Writing on Instagram today, Leavy said that the news is 'haunting his thoughts' and has vowed to return as he begins his recovery,
"Struggling to put into words how devastated I am with the injury," Leavy said.
"Firstly, to miss the business end of the season with my Leinster brothers and our opportunity to pursue another European and league title.
"Secondly, to miss an opportunity to play in a World Cup in Japan is haunting my thoughts.
"All I have ever aimed for in my career is the opportunity to shine on the world stage for my country and do the nation and my family proud.
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"I fully back the Ireland boys to make a little bit of history as they always do and will watch on as number one supporter.
"I have been blown away by the messages of support and encouragement I’ve received already. I am blessed to have the family and friends I do and thank everyone for their well wishes.
"Looking forward to starting the road to recovery soon. I will be back."
Leavy was a key man for club and country during a historic 2018, helping Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam while Leinster won a Champions Cup and PRO 14 double.