O'Connell holding on to Lions dream

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:40
Large paulo connelllions Large paulo connellireland Large paulo connellmunster

Paul O'Connell is still hopeful of playing for the British and Irish Lions after undergoing successful back surgery in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

Paul O'Connell is still hopeful of playing for the British and Irish Lions after undergoing successful back surgery in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

It had been feared that the former Lions and Ireland captain would miss the June tour of Australia because of a bulging disc in his back.

However, the veteran lock is optimistic about his chances following his surgery and is eyeing a return to action in April.

"I'm delighted with the way the operation went. More importantly, so too are the medical team who carried out the operation and I am very grateful to all concerned,” said O’Connell.

“My aim now is to start rehab as soon as is practicable. In terms of a return, I'd be looking at early April when hopefully Munster will be in contention for trophies on two fronts."

O'Connell had a similar issue in 2002 that required surgery and a re-occurrence in 2008 but at that time it was managed without needing surgery and he got back in time to feature in the knockout stages of the European Cup

When the problem arose again this season, it was initially decided to manage it conservatively as in 2008. Progress was made using that treatment, improvements slowed and after further consultation it was believed more prudent for O’Connell to undergo surgery in order to make a return to match fitness.

Griquas vs EP Kings
sast: 17h00 | local: 17h00

  • 14 | 17
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
Leinster v Treviso 18h35 RDS Arena
Ulster v Dragons 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Ospreys v Zebre 18h35 Liberty Stadium
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers 18h45 Kingsholm
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 03 September 2016
Saracens v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Twickenham Stadium
Free State Cheetahs v EP Kings 13h00 Bloemfontein
Scarlets v Munster 14h00 Parc y Scarlets
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h30 Franklin's Gardens
Western Province v Sharks 15h10 Cape Town
Harlequins v Bristol 15h30 Twickenham Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Sportsground
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Sun, 04 September 2016
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Ricoh Arena
B&I LIONS
MORE LOGS