Henry likely to be out for at least three months

Chris Henry’s return to rugby is a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, according to Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss.

The Ulster flanker is recuperating after an operation earlier this week to repair a defect in his heart wall, having been stood down from the Ireland team to face South Africa three weeks ago on the morning of the game.

Fellow Ireland international Richardt Strauss returned to rugby last season just three months after undergoing surgery for a heart condition and, while Kiss believes Henry will tread a similar path, he stressed that rugby is not the priority just now.

“I’m not quite sure of the time (of a potential return),” he said. “When he first felt unwell, they just went through a procedure to find out what it was. I think the key thing at the moment is that he is in recovery.

“The procedure has been done and that shouldn’t give him any further issues. The big thing for now for Chris, pictured, is to just get into a position where he is well and healthy again. And then consider when he returns to play.”

Ireland seemed to escape without any major injuries from the three games but there were four concussion concerns last weekend.

Kiss said: “We just wanted to be sure about those players and that’s why we took them off to have them assessed. That procedure is always in place for us.”


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