O'Brien's recovery 'ahead of schedule'
ESPN Staff
March 25, 2014
Sean O'Brien is likely to miss Ireland's tour of Argentina © Getty Images

Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien says he is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from injury.

O'Brien suffered a dislocated shoulder against Ulster on December 28 with the injury ruling him out for the rest of the season. That prognosis remains the same, but O'Brien is back in training earlier than first predicted.

O'Brien told KCLR FM: "I'm back ahead of schedule and I'm just looking forward to starting my pre-season in two weeks' time. That'll be tough work for six or eight weeks, but it's something I'm looking forward to. I'm just looking forward to getting fit again and getting cracking into the year when I do get going."

O'Brien was sidelined while Ireland secured their first Six Nations triumph since 2009 with Chris Henry performing well at openside. O'Brien admitted it was tough seeing Ireland prosper without him playing, but he was pleased for the team.

"It was tough at the start to get my head around things and I suppose, looking at last weekend it was tough," O'Brien said. "Seeing the lads winning the championship and not being a part of that; but on the other hand I'm absolutely thrilled for the whole squad.

"We are after taking a step forward and we're playing a good brand of rugby. There's exciting times ahead I think. There is massive competition there in the back-row now and Chris had a great tournament, so fair play to him. I'll have to fight for my place when I get back and I look forward to that."

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