Ireland and Munster scrumhalf has revealed the details of his injury and expects to be back in action next month.
The British and Irish Lion was not included in the Ireland squad for the November tests as he makes a full recovery from a neck injury and the saga around it behind him.
The scrumhalf revealed that he has been suffering from a bulging disk in his neck and requested that Munster did not comment on the injury simply because he wasn’t sure exactly what it was at the start.
Murray says he is “nearly back” and has been doing 90% of Munster’s training for the last three weeks or so, as well as “modified contact on the sideline.”
Speaking at a PINERGY event Murray said:
“The reason we kept it quiet at the start is that we didn’t know what it was,”
“That was my whole thinking behind it, it wasn’t ever the whole data protection or me keeping it secret.
“It was, ‘Look, I don’t know what this is yet fully, I don’t know when I’m going to be back, so let’s just say I’m managing an injury.’
“From my side, I said it to Johann [van Graan] and I said it to Fiona [Murphy, communications manager] down in Munster, ‘Let’s just keep it here and say I’m managing an injury until we find out how long it’s going to take.’
“I think a week or two later, we said that we were managing my neck injury and by the time we said that, the rumour mill had started, everything had snowballed and it was just this big deal.
“I’m itching to play, I’m pretty much fully training and I feel good. It’s just making sure it’s right and the lines of communication with Munster, the IRFU, the national coaches, everyone has been clear and they’re happy I just get it right and make sure I come back ready to go, rather than pushing it.
“This isn’t an injury you can push, it’s in my neck and you’ve just to make sure it’s strong enough to come back and play professional rugby.”
While Murray was aware of the rumours that slowly built around why he was missing from action.
“The rumours were crazy,” said Murray. “But I wouldn’t change it. I wouldn’t approach the injury any differently because my close group of friends and family, I’m letting them know all I know, all the physios know.
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