O’Connell struggling to be fit in time for Heineken Cup opener

Updated: September 25, 2012

It seems Paul O’Connell will not be fit in time for Munster’s Heineken Cup pool fixture opener against Racing Metro in Paris on Saturday October 13th

However, the good news is the influential second-row is to begin full contact training this week at Ireland’s mini training camp. O’Connell has been sidelined for several months which a knee injury, with his recovery complicated by a back spasm. However, the 32-year-old issued an upbeat report on his progress at the Irish training camp base at Carton House.

“I’d love to play in Paris. It would probably be too soon in terms of match fitness. If I got back sooner rather than later, perhaps. I’ve been avoiding putting dates on it. It’s been so frustrating. I’m just going week to week.”

O’Connell described his knee as being “pretty much A1”. It is now just a case of waiting on the back problem to come right.

“My knee delayed me a long time. I tweaked my back which set me back a week or two,” O’Connell explained.

“My knee is pretty much A1 and I’ve just been waiting on that spasm with the back. It’s not worrying.

“I’d love to be back playing. To be at your best, the more games you play the fitter you get and the sharper you get. It’s just frustrating from that end, it’s not worrying … I’m not worried about anything structurally in terms of my future career.”

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