Revealed: Paul O'Connell says he could be back in action a lot sooner than we thought
Paul O’Connell has revealed that he is on track to make his Toulon debut in the next number of weeks as he targets a return to action in either January or February.
The former Ireland captain was belatedly unveiled at his new club yesterday after delaying his arrival due to the significant hamstring injury he sustained when playing for Ireland against France in October.
He underwent surgery to re-attach the muscle to the bone and says his recovery is on track for a new year’s return.
The 36-year-old signed for the European champions on a €1.2m, two-year deal last April but has finally arrived in the south of France.
“It's good, it's on the mend. I've been doing physio back in Ireland, so I feel very good doing every day things,” he said at a press conference to mark his arrival in France.
“I haven't started running yet. Hopefully, I'll be back January or February, I'm not fully sure yet.”
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O’Connell met his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and is excited to get started at Toulon.
“I feel great. The weather's amazing, it's raining non-stop in Ireland at the moment. I've met the players, stood in for the team photo today,” he said with a smile.
“A lot of guys, I was really looking forward to meeting. I know a lot of the players to say hello to, but I don't really know them. I haven't really met them or had a conversation with them.
“So, I'm looking forward to getting to know them, to getting to know the staff as well. I was in my first meeting today, that was enjoyable, I watched a bit of training. It's all good.
“I like it, it's very strange for me. I've only ever played for Munster, I've only ever lived in Limerick.
“It's a big change for me, I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also nervous about it. So, I like the jersey and I'm looking forward to wearing it.”