Paul O’Connell confirms long injury layoff

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Paul O'Connell has announced that he could be out for up to eight months due to the injury he picked up in the World Cup
Former Irish rugby captain Paul O’Connell has revealed that he could be out for up to eight months thanks to the injury he sustained in the World Cup.

Former Irish rugby captain Paul O’Connell has revealed that he could be out for up to eight months thanks to the injury he sustained in the World Cup.

O’Connell’s Irish career ended when tore his hamstring from the bone in Ireland’s final Pool D game against France at the Millennium Stadium.

The second row forward described the injury as the “worst of his career” and has admitted that it may sideline him from anywhere between four and eight months.

“He (the surgeon) doesn’t see there being any problems, but I’ve had a lot of injuries that haven’t really gone like that. There’s been ups and downs with my injuries in terms of how I’ve recovered.

“I wouldn’t be as naive to think that it’ll be plain sailing. I’m just going to follow the protocols religiously, as I’ve always done, and hopefully that can get me in a place to get back playing before the end of the season.”

O’Connell also went into detail of the pain felt when he sustained the injury.

“It’s the worst injury pain I’ve had, because your sciatic nerve runs really close to where the tendon is,” explained O’Connell.

“Apparently when you pull the tendon off the bone, you get a lot bleeding and a lot of bruising, a lot of swelling straight away, which hits the sciatic nerve.”

“I was thinking of myself on the ground, that I’d only pulled my hamstring so I better get up, but it was too sore.”

The Munster and Irish legend explained some of the rehab work he has ahead of him

”You really have to put down a really tough six weeks where you have to be very careful, particularly in the first two week, if you slip and you stretched the hamstring, you could be in trouble.”