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Johnny Sexton: I'll be back for Munster clash logo 09/08/2017 Cian Tracey
Johnny Sexton. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile © Provided by Irish Independent Johnny Sexton. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The out-half played through the pain barrier in the drawn third Test last month but is due to complete much more of a pre-season than he managed last year when he underwent shoulder surgery.

Sexton fractured his wrist during the second Test in New Zealand but still managed to play in the final game despite also rupturing a tendon in his ankle.

The Lions players were always going to be given an extended break for the start of the new season and Sexton insisted that he was confident of returning well in time for the start of Leinster's Champions Cup campaign.

"I'm not too bad," the 32-year-old said. "I hurt my wrist a little bit; it's been in a splint for a few weeks and a couple of more (to go). I rolled my ankle in the third Test, someone I think landed on it when I got tackled from behind.

"They were just unfortunate bangs but we're coming into the start of pre-season so those things won't hold me back too much.

"I'll get a good block of work under my belt before the start of the season. Last year was obviously a pretty disrupted pre-season, coming back from shoulder surgery.

"I didn't feel that I got the block of work I needed in the summer so I think this will hopefully stand to me a bit more now and get the work that I need to get in."

Sexton added that he had targeted the derby against Munster on October 7 to make his comeback.

"Hopefully, yeah. It depends on how pre-season goes really. Obviously I would like to be back playing a good bit before Europe to get match-fit and have some form heading into those big games. And there's Munster before Europe as well."


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