Sean O'Brien has confirmed that he expects to be fit for Leinster's crucial Champions Cup clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday week.
The Lions flanker played through a hip injury in the back-to-back wins over Exeter Chiefs before Christmas and has taken a break during the inter-provincial games to rehabilitate the problem.
The results are positive and the dynamic openside is hoping that the rest and rehab will have done the trick.
"I just probably had it going into the last Exeter game, just struggling with it that week, between jogging and three-quarter pace I was just getting a bit caught," he said.
"The quicker I move the better I feel but it's been good the last two weeks, it's improved a lot.
"Basically it's been like having a tight muscle all the time but I've been rehabbing away and hope to be fit for next week.
"It was probably the clientele we were coming up against was one thing, and the importance of the game (that led to him suiting up for the Exeter games).
"If I didn't think I would have added to the game I would have pulled it myself. It was one of those things where I had to get through it.
"If there was a final in the morning, I'd probably play.
"But knowing from previous injuries you have to take your time and make sure it's right for what lies ahead."
O'Brien was speaking at an event to promote Lifestyle Sports' sponsorship of Leinster and Joey Carbery was also able to provide an update on his fitness.
The out-half hopes to play a part in one of the two European games this month after returning to training yesterday.
He suffered a wrist injury in Ireland's win over Fiji in November but is likely to be fit in time for the Six Nations.
"Hopefully anyway. Even maybe the last European game but I’m not too sure because you never know how tomorrow goes so, fingers crossed anyway," he said.
"It’s feeling pretty good, I’m back on pitch this week. Not too sure about when I’ll be back playing but hopefully in the next few weeks.
"It’s kind of more just get back on the pitch and see what I can and can’t do. Pretty unknown right now, we’ll see what it is but it’s feeling a lot better anyway.
"It’s just out of the splint and the cast so it hasn’t had any mobility really, so it’s pretty stiff at the moment. They said over the next few days it should loosen out a good bit.
"It’s pretty tough, but it is part and parcel of the game. It’s a pretty physical game. It’s probably an annoying time to get injured but hopefully now I’m on the flipside of it and can remain injury free for the next year or two.
"With training being as intense as it is, it’s almost like a game situation. So if I get a good bit of training under my belt hopefully then I can come back in fresh enough."
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Leinster will not take any risks with the fitness of their Lions flanker Seán O'Brien but they have tentatively marked down the Champions Cup round five clash in Dublin against Glasgow on Sunday week as a potential date for his return.