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Chris Henry is targeting a return to the Ireland set-up for the remainder of the RBS Six Nations Championship.
Henry started all five of Ireland's games when they won the tournament in 2014 but he missed all of last season's campaign as a result of the mini-stroke he suffered on the eve of the November Test against South Africa.
The Ulsterman returned to the squad for the Rugby World Cup before a shoulder injury sustained against Toulouse ruled him out for two months.
He will start Ulster's Guinness PRO12 clash against Scarlets at the weekend and he is hoping a good performance will see him recalled to the Ireland squad ahead of the England tie on Saturday week.
"It's been a frustrating injury that has lingered but hopefully there might be enough time for me to have some Six Nations involvement. Even if it's coming down to help contribute in the training week, it would be an amazing feeling to get back involved with Ireland."
Henry's hopes of returning to the Ireland fold have been boosted by the hamstring injury sustained by Sean O'Brien.
While Schmidt has the option of calling on Tommy O'Donnell, Rhys Ruddock and CJ Stander, Henry hopes he has done enough in the past to earn a recall.
"I don't know how long Sean is going to be out for, but if there's a thing about Joe, he rewards people who he trusts that haven't let him down," Henry is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.
"Tommy O'Donnell hasn't let Joe down and Rhys Ruddock hasn't let Joe down, but I hope that he knows I've done a job for him in the past and I'm still there."