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Speculation mounts over Jamie Heaslip's future as extent of injury becomes clear

By Ian Cameron
Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip.

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Leinster have omitted Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip from their European Cup Squad, adding to speculation that his ongoing injury could potentially end his career.

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The thirty-three-old hasn’t played a game since last season’s Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales, where he injured his lower back.

Speaking on the Left Wing podcast earlier in the week, Heaslip said he could not give a date for his return.

“I actually don’t have an answer for people” Heaslip told the Left Wing.

“It is pretty complicated what I’ve done. I’m literally taking it week by week – some days are good and some days are bad. I’m taking an opportunity, now that I’m not away playing games, to enjoy my weekend.”

Heaslip had been renowned for his seemingly indestructible body, rarely succumbing to injury throughout his long career.

“I’ve a growth mindset in terms of challenges and opportunities that arise with them,” Heaslip stated.

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“The injury wasn’t great timing considering everything that was at stake but the flip side is that I was able to plan holidays and plan trips and catch up with some friends and family that I haven’t seen. I knew it [injury] would happen one day, it is rugby and you are going to get hurt, but I didn’t think it would be such a serious injury.”

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