Ireland confirm remarkable update on prop Cian Healy


Ireland loosehead prop Cian Healy could be set to make a remarkable return, and feature for Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.

Healy suffered a serious calf injury during Ireland’s final warm-up game against Samoa last month, ruling him out of Andy Farrell’s 33-man squad for France.

Munster’s Jeremy Loughman was called up instead, alongside Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter as the looseheads in the squad.

But Healy’s recovery in the last few weeks has been remarkable, with the prop declaring himself fit on social media.

“It wasn’t easy getting here, but happy the body still knows how to recover ahead of schedule,” Healy wrote.

“Looking forward to getting back to it and will be forever grateful to those who got me to this point.”

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney later confirmed that Healy is on their radar and could feature, but stressed there would have to be an injury in the squad first.

“The medics and strength and conditioning team would be in touch with Cian and, I’m sure, other players back home to see how they are,” he said.

“It’s great to see Cian back training and training well. Possibly later in the tournament if we get an injury, Cian would be a great addition if fully fit. It’s good to see him back training.

“But it would require another injury for Cian to come back in.”

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