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O’Malley taking comeback one step at a time

Guinness PRO12 Editor

31 Oct 2012

Eoin O’Malley insists he’s purely focused on getting back his match fitness despite being handed the chance to stake his claim for a Leinster starting berth after Brian O’Driscoll was ruled out for up to 12 weeks.

O’Malley, 24, is set to make his first appearance of the RaboDirect PRO12 this season against Ospreys on Sunday, having recovered from the cruciate knee injury he suffered in May.

But as he returns to fitness, Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt has been dealt a blow with the news that O’Driscoll requires surgery on his ankle and will be out for much longer than first thought.

O’Malley however, is determined not to rush his comeback, stating he’s not looking past Sunday’s match.

“There is a game this week and nothing next week so I can go back and do a bit more training and sharpen up a bit," he told the Irish Independent.

“I need to get a ball in my hand as much as possible and get the rustiness out.

“The Ospreys seem to be good off turnover ball. Their defence is pretty sharp. They are going to be missing a few guys and we will as well, so it'll be a tough game.

“If you look through the team sheet, a lot of our players have played a good bit this season, so a lot of them will be sharp.”