Ireland and Munster hooker Jerry Flannery has spoke of his determination to come back from his injury nightmare and book his place in Declan Kidney’s 30 man World Cup squad when it’s announced next month.
Flannery, who had battled hamstring and calf problems for the past year, had been training with the rest of the Ireland squad at Carton House last week and will put everything he has in order to be on the plane to New Zealand.
Speaking yesterday Flannery lifted the lid on his injury and the discovery that doctors made about the problem that forced him to miss huge parts of Ireland and Munster’s season “I have had problems with the Achilles tendon as well as the calf and they are related. I was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome which basically means too much pressure was being exerted on the calf muscle.
“As a consequence, it swells up, not leaving enough oxygen for the blood to circulate.
“The more exercise it has, the worse it gets. It’s a complex injury and on March 28, I had the operation.
“I am happy enough with the result. But I know there’s a long, hard road to travel just yet.”
Despite chomping at the bit to get back playing as soon as possible Flannery knows that he has to move slowly in his battle to regain his place at hooker “”I have to be very cautious because there is still an imbalance between one leg and the other and I won’t believe I am okay until I have come through at least one full match. I have come back several times already only to break down.
“It was a good week up in Carton and there are still a good few weeks still to go. I have put the foot to the metal in each of my attempts at recovery up to now and there have been a number of setbacks.
“The lowest point was probably last February when it went again as I tried to get back for the Six Nations but this time I am going to be a lot more patient.
“The medical team have been tremendous with me and very patient but we are determined to take things slowly. I’m still favouring my right leg and that is something we are working on. It’s a case of trying to wake up the left leg.”