Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip insists he is “good to go” as he returns from injury for this weekend’s European Champions Cup clash with Castres.
Heaslip is set to slot straight into the starting line-up having been sidelined since the start of the month after picking up a shoulder injury against Ulster.
The 31-year-old admitted the experience of being sidelined had proved a strange one to him with 2010 being the last time he was forced off.
“I’m good to go. I’m like Benjamin Button, getting younger,” he told the Irish Examiner.
“The wolverine blood kicked in. It’s been slightly embarrassing, being injured, it’s been so long!
“The medics were laughing at me because they had to go back so far to look at my last scan from when I was injured in 2010. It’s all on one page, I’m a one page man.”
Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor says he has no hesitation about throwing Heaslip back into the mix at the RDS.
“It’s about a must-win game at home at the RDS,” said O’Connor.
“You’ve got your best blokes available, you stick them on the field. Jamie’s trained all week. He’s done everything asked of him. Now he’ll play.
“There’s always going to be special athletes and freaks like Jamie. There’s just not enough of them.
“In my time here, that AC injury is the first time he’s missed a training session, and you very rarely get that in the game.”