Thursday 19 September 2019

Upbeat Leavy eyeing Leinster return this season

 

Irish rugby player Dan Leavy pictured at Vodafone’s “Ireland’s Ball” launch event in Ukiyo-e. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Irish rugby player Dan Leavy pictured at Vodafone’s “Ireland’s Ball” launch event in Ukiyo-e. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Dan Leavy is targeting a return with Leinster before the end of the coming season, but the Ireland flanker warned that he will not rush back from his career-threatening injury.

The 25-year-old suffered a horrific knee injury during the Champions Cup quarter-final which ended his World Cup dream.

Having undergone two surgeries, Leavy revealed that he is ahead of schedule with his rehab, but is reluctant to overdo it as he hopes to feature for Leinster in time for the latter part of the coming season.

"The belief that the surgeon, physio and rehab team have that I can come back from it is really positive," Leavy said. "They are telling me that I will be right as rain by the time I come back, so I'm looking forward to hopefully playing a part at the end of the season next year for Leinster.

"If I rush back from this and re-injure or I come back early and it's not right, it could be career-changing," he added.

Meanwhile, Joe Schmidt is set to hand Ross Byrne his first Test start against England on Saturday. A a host of first-choice players, including Conor Murray, Tadhg Furlong and captain Rory Best, are in line for their first appearance of the season.

Possible Ireland team to play England on Saturday - R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; R Byrne, C Murray; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong; J Kleyn, D Toner; P O'Mahony, J Van der Flier, CJ Stander

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