MUNSTER back-row forward Peter O’Mahony is targetting an October return to play date with the province after undergoing surgery on both shoulders.
O’Mahony, who looks set to captain Munster again this season, issued an upbeat report about his rehab at the University of Limerick yesterday.
Twenty four year-old O’Mahony missed the final six weeks of Munster’s season, including Heineken Cup and PRO12 semi-finals, after injuring one of his shoulders in the Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Toulouse at Thomond Park in April.
Peter O’Mahony said: “It is great to be back training. I am in my sixth week of it, most of the lads are in their fifth week. I was back a bit early with the rehab. It is going well. The surgeries went according to plan. Double shoulder reconstructive surgery is a long old process. It is going in the right direction, but it is slow.
“The medical people are happy with the way it is going.
“I missed a fair bit of important rugby for Munster which is unfortunate. That is part and parcel of professional rugby these days.
“I have a couple of goals set in my head. I don’t like there is much of a point tying myself down to a date. But I hope to be back some time in October. One benefit from the injury is that I am going to get a great pre-season under my belt. I have been well looked after.”
With Munster set to kick-off their European Champions Cup campaign in October, the province’s management team will be hoping that the dynamic O’Mahony will be available to play in the opening rounds.
O’Mahony, speaking at the launch of the new adidas Munster Rugby 2014/2015 alternate kit at UL, has been impressed with the manner in which the province’s new coach Anthony Foley has settled into the role.
“Everyone knows that Axel is black and white. You get what you see. He is straight up with you and you can only respect a fella for that. His knowledge of the game is second to none.
“He was born to play for Munster and, as a result, the way he carried himself, he was born to coach the side as well. I think the last few weeks of pre-season have been unbelievably enjoyable.”