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Published: 08:45 | 19/9/18

Healy hopes to play on for another five years

Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy says he hopes to continue playing at the top level for at least another five years.

Healy, who turns 31 in October, admits every day in the game feels like a bonus because he feared he would have to call time on his career in 2015, when nerve damage following neck surgery left him without the use of his right hand.

"Exactly, I've nothing to really judge by," the Dubliner told the Times [Ireland].

"I feel great so I’m not on planning to stop any time soon.

"I don't know. All you can do is judge by other players' careers — a 36-year-old prop is probably good. 37, I don't know."

The Ireland international, who started all of Leinster’s knockout-stage games in the Champions Cup-Pro 14 double-winning season, says he has had to drastically change his lifestyle in recent years to keep up with the demands of the modern game.

"The Tuesday nights in Coppers are long gone," he continued.

"I'm not going to say I'm feeling 19-years-old, but I'm pretty good.

"The older you get the more time and respect you have to give your body, the more you have to do details, things like that. 

"I was just going about my day when I was younger."

In team news, Leinster flanker Dan Leavy could be available for Saturday's Pro14 game against Edinburgh at the RDS, which will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage starts 7pm].

Flanker Sean O'Brien and out-half Ciaran Frawley will return to training this week following shoulder and arm injuries respectively.

Jack McGrath [knee], Will Connors [ACL] Barry Daly [knee], Tom Daly [also knee] and Nick McCarthy [wrist] all miss out.

Leinster's Pro 14 clash against Edinburgh at the RDS on Saturday, 22 September will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage starts 7pm].

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