Paul O’Connell finally believes he can see "light at the end of the tunnel" regarding the groin injury that has kept him out of action since the end of the RBS 6 Nations championship in March.
The man who led the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour party in South Africa last summer was forced to take a rest last month when his Irish team mates headed to New Zealand and Australia.
“It's been an unbelievably frustrating time for me of late but I'm happy that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” O’Connell said in his blog on www.bethedifference.ie.
“Tings are on the mend and I am heading in the right direction. It's been a slow, at times desperately so, process but I can see the finishing line, which is important mentally and physically.
“The Irish defeat against the All Blacks was hugely disappointing and a little bit shocking. I'm not a great spectator at the best of times but that was an excruciating morning's viewing.”