Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA
All free when you join eir Broadband
Sean O'Brien will not rush his return out of fear that it could bring his career to a premature end.
O'Brien has been sidelined with a serious hamstring injury since February but he is closing in on a return and could be ready for Ireland's meeting with New Zealand in November.
Having missed the opening game of the 2016 RBS Six Nations with a hamstring injury, O'Brien returned to the starting XV for the game against France, only to suffer a serious tear to the muscle in the 20th minute of the game in Paris.
He was forced to undergo surgery to help repair the damage and as he nears a return the flanker is wary about pushing his body before it is ready.
"This is my career as such so it's not about getting back for a game," O'Brien stated. "This is about me wanting to play for the next four or five years. There's no point going back a week before I should - that's goodnight. That's basically what it would be if I tore it again.
"I'd like to be back in October, that would be the plan because it leaves me the chance to get picked for November. If I don't, I don't."
O'Brien has undergone numerous surgeries during the course of his career and the lengthy injury list has raised doubts over his career.
The 29-year-old accepts that his career could be short lived but he is not prepared to change his approach to the game.
"I've had that thought (about his career), I would be lying if I didn't think about it when I did the rehab and came back and then it wasn't good...it was a very unusual tear," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.
"There have been a lot of surgeries, I've always had big thing, I don't have small tears or knocks. If something goes, I break it. I break a hand, an arm or a shoulder.
"You can't change your attitude. You can be smarter with contact and the way you play but the same aggression and attitude is there.
"That's what makes you a really good player and what gets you into trouble, in terms of your body. I will try to improve that by making good decision."
Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at UFC 205 in New York on November 12 live on the eir Sport pack. The eir Sport pack is free to all eir broadband customers. To learn more about setting sport free visit www.eir.ie/sport .