Cian Healy: Injured Ireland prop targets Champions Cup quarter-final return with Leinster

Cian Healy ready to move in after Bundee Aki is tackled in Sunday's defeat by England
Cian Healy ready to move in after Bundee Aki is tackled in Sunday's defeat by England

Ireland's Cian Healy has said he hopes to be fit again to play in Leinster's European Champions Cup quarter-final against holders Saracens on 4 April.

The prop sustained a hip injury in Ireland's defeat by England on Sunday and was ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations.

"Absolutely gutted with the injury," Healy said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

"But one thing is for sure, I will come back stronger and better.

"I'm surrounded by incredible medical teams in both Leinster and Ireland, and have every faith in the plan ahead.

"We've set a target to return for the European Champions Cup quarter-final and I will do everything in my power to achieve this. Time to get to work."

Healy was forced off with the injury in the first half as Ireland missed out on the Triple Crown at Twickenham.

Ireland, whose Six Nations game against Italy on 7 April has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns, had not provided a time frame for a possible return of the experienced Leinster front row.

A number of players have been released back to their clubs - Will Connors, Max Deegan, Chris Farrell, David Kearney, Luke McGrath and Jack O'Donoghue have returned to their provinces for Pro14 games.

Ulster quartet Billy Burns, Stuart McCloskey, Jack McGrath and Tom O'Toole will attend the Ireland camp in Dublin this week after the Pro14 match at Benetton was postponed because of coronavirus fears.

Ulster lock Iain Henderson is also included in the training squad after missing the England game because of family reasons.

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