Paul O’Connell’s injury nightmare continues to drag on as the inspirational Munster and Ireland No 5 admits that he is behind in his rehab from a knee injury.
O’Connell first suffered the injury during Ireland’s 17-17 draw away to France in the Six Nations back in February and he re injured Munster’s 36-8 win over Ulster in May, which forced him to miss Munster’s domestic run in.
Speaking to the Irish Times, O’Connell admitted that he had hoped to be further down the line with his rehab saying “I thought I’d be further down the track that I am now.
“I suppose I thought I might have had a chance of playing in New Zealand but when I didn’t go I thought surely I’ll be back and ready for the start of pre-season.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t. I am back doing running now this last week and a half and hope to be back fully into it at the end of this week.
“I have had about four weeks’ hard work with the physio under my belt and it has been brilliant. While the internationals were away I got a lot of work done by myself, but it has been frustrating.
“I’d love to have had four or five weeks of a good pre-season under my belt or running. I have plenty of weights done and plenty of skills down, but I haven’t got the running, the hard slog done like some of the boys. “Hopefully next week I can get into that.”