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Published: 09:44 | 17/2/17

Murphy aims to return this season


Jordi Murphy is confident he will be fit to play a part in Leinster's pursuit of the Guinness PRO12 title.

The Leinster back row was stretchered off midway through the first half of Ireland's historic win over New Zealand after falling awkwardly and scans confirmed he had damaged the cruciate ligament in his left knee.

He was told that he would be sidelined for between six and nine months, but the Ireland international is making good progress and is hopeful that he will be able to play before the end of the season. 

"I haven't had any setbacks so I want to keep it that way. Originally I think they tell you nine months, no matter what. Then after scans they said six. I'm usually a quick healer so I'll try take a bit off that," Murphy told the Irish Independent. 

"Every week, it's been improving. It's feeling good. I'll be seeing the specialist in the coming weeks and hopefully get back running."

Murphy's Leinster and Ireland team-mate Sean Cronin is also aiming to make a swift return from injury. 

The hooker is currently sidelined with a hamstring tear but he is two weeks ahead of schedule and is targeting a return ahead of Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final against Wasps. 

While he would love the opportunity to be part of the British and Irish Lions squad for the Tour of New Zealand, Cronin accepts the injury may have scuppered his chances. 

"The guys who are playing in these big Test matches under Test match pressure are the guys who will be going," Cronin said. 

I'm sure he (Warren Gatland) probably has 80pc of his squad picked already. Realistically, my aim is to get back involved in he big games with Leinster and see what happens. I think I've proven over time that I can provide a lot of impact off the bench." 

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