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And despite successfully appearing off the bench for Young Munster last weekend, the Lions skipper admits there is nothing to be gained from rushing his full return.
He said: “At the moment, coming off the bench is ideal for me, and clocking up minutes that way. I don’t think I’ll be needed to start, but if I was I don’t think I would have a problem with it.
“I think there’s a level of second-row performance there from the lads, and I need to get my fitness and my sharpness back to that level. I need a run of three or four games where I am playing 60 or 70 minutes, really, that’s realistic.
The Munster captain revealed his frustration at sitting on the sidelines for such an extended period of time but his eventual return to training has been all the sweeter as a result.
He said: “I didn’t have a time frame until about three months into the injury. That was the frustrating part of it. I have had other injuries where I have broken my hand; you’d be out for nine or 10 weeks, but you are able to train and work hard.
“In terms of training, watching from the sideline, you do really have a big urge to get involved and I suppose the longer that is held back the more, when you do get involved, you want to do.
“I’m enjoying being back and enjoying doing all the bits that I have not been able to do for a long time.”