Friday 18 January 2019

Rhys Ruddock set to give Leinster huge fitness boost ahead of Champions Cup quarters

Rhys Ruddock of Ireland
Rhys Ruddock of Ireland
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Rhys Ruddock is set to give Leinster a massive boost ahead of their Champions Cup quarter-final with Saracens, as the flanker is ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery.

Ruddock damaged his hamstring in the European clash in Exeter in December and initial fears were that he may miss the rest of the reason.

However, the 27-year old has responded well to rehab and is in line to make his return in a matter of weeks.

"Yeah, really good, I'm getting in towards the last stages of it where I can really start off on the intensity with the rehab and running and all the rest of it," Ruddock said at this morning's launch of Rugby Player's Ireland Tackle Your Feelings app.

"So far, so good. I'm kinda ahead of schedule. There are a few more boxes to tick before I am back training with the lads but I'm hoping I'm only a matter of weeks away, as opposed to months.

"I'm hoping I'll play some more rugby season anyway. I'm fully confident in that. It's just a case of whether thins continue to go as smoothly as they have so far.

"If that's that case, I won't be too far off, like I said a matter of weeks as opposed to months. Either way, I'm hoping to be back before the end of the season.

"Best case scenario would be mid to the end of March.

"We haven't really put an exact week on it because at the moment, I was initially to be back early April but I think I'll definitely achieve that. It's just sorta seeing if we can everything in order before then."

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