Healy a RWC doubt after neck surgery

Date published: May 9 2015

Ireland prop Cian Healy is a concern to be fit for the Rugby World Cup after undergoing surgery on his neck on Friday.

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor confirmed the news after his side's 10-0 win over Treviso.

No definite timescale is in place for Healy's recovery making him a doubt for the tournament in September. The British and Irish Lions loosehead has endured a miserable run of injuries going back to 2013.

“Cian saw the specialist (Thursday) and had neck surgery this afternoon (Friday),” O'Connor told reporters.

“He had his disc repaired this evening and he’s recovery well. The surgeon is very happy with how it went.

“We’ll see how he pulls up post surgery.

“It shouldn’t be an issue (recovering for the World Cup). The specialist was pretty concerned that there was a tight timescale relative to nerves being pretty significant.

“It was just a disc repair in his neck…he should make a full recovery.”

Healy tweeted his thanks for the messages of support: “Thanks for all the well wishes. Surgery went very well today and I’ve my eyes already set on getting back in a few months.”