Paul O'Connell confirmed it could take up to eight months for him to return to action and said the injury against France was the worst pain he's ever experienced on a rugby pitch.
He said he had never been stretchered off in his career and initially thought he had only pulled his hamstring. He tried to get up and walk off the pitch but found the experience too painful and had to hit the ground again.
He said he wasn't certain he would be fit to play again but said he could be out for up to eight months. He said the best case scenario is he would be back in action four months later.
I don't know. It's very approximate. It's kind of between four and eight months. The surgeon was very happy with how the surgery went. He doesn't see there being any problems but I've had a lot of injuries and they haven't really gone like that. There's been ups and downs in terms of how I've recovered. It's naive to think it's going to be plain sailing.
He laughed when asked about Toulon's eccentric owner and said he hadn't been in touch with him but had spoken to others at the club.
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