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Contepomi will be back: “It’s not the end of the world, it’s an injury.”
The Argentina talisman says he will be back in three or four months, and is not retiring from club or international rugby.

ARGENTINA STAR FELIPE CONTEPOMI says he will be fit again in three or four months, and that the injury he suffered in the win over Wales does not mark his international swansong.

The Leinster legend had to be carried from the field early in the game with a knee injury, but says that reports of the end of his stellar career are wide of the mark.

“It was a bad injury but it could have been worse. I did my posterior cruciate ligament but at least there’s no surgery required,” he told Monday night’s Off The Ball on Newstalk 106-108.

“I’ll be out for three or four months, and hopefully in February or March I’ll come back. Hopefully I’ll play for the last third of the season for Stade Francais.”

Contepomi was asked whether he will appear again for Argentina after his injury clears up.

“I’m not thinking about Argentina. My mind is on my recovery and hopefully I’ll come back as good (a player) as possible. If I’m competitive (then I’ll come back for Argentina), but I’m not thinking about that.”

Contempomi denied that the international clash with Ireland on November 24th would have been his last game for the Pumas.

“When I retire I’ll retire from rugby, it’s up to the coaches. While I’m playing competitive rugby I’ll always be available for the Argentinian team.”

The former Leinster star did express his disappointment at not being able to play in front of the Aviva Stadium crowd, so many of whom would have cheered him on during his six-year spell with Leinster.

“It would have been great to be back in Dublin, back in that wonderful stadium, so I might have to come back as a spectator, not as a player.”

The 35-year-old had a sense of perspective about his current woes, insisting it is only a minor setback in the scheme of things.

“Fitness wise I was feeling really good, and hopefully I can come back to the same fitness. It’s not the end of the world, it’s an injury. As a rugby player you know you can get these injuries and hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later.”

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