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'Hopefully I'll be able to drive on' - Zebo desperate to make Heineken Cup deadline

The Munster winger revealed he will learn his fate after a contact session ‘next Monday or Tuesday’.

Simon Zebo celebrates after a trying against Racing Metro.
Simon Zebo celebrates after a trying against Racing Metro.
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SIMON ZEBO BACKED up the positive images from Munster’s Cork training session today with words that will give his Red’s supporters hope ahead of their Heineken Cup quarter-final.

The winger trained at CIT with his Munster teammates this morning before travelling to Dublin to be a guest on Newstalk’s Off the Ball live show.

Speaking to host Ger Gilroy, Zebo confirmed that he is back in training, sprinting at full pace and awaiting a contact session next Monday or Tuesday.

Zebo broke a bone in his foot in Ireland’s 12-6 defeat to England in the Six Nations in February. The return to action date was projected to be 10-12 weeks but, after only six weeks, the signs of an early appearance on the pitch for Munster are encouraging.

The southern province take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in two weeks’ time, 7 April.

He said, “Next week will tell a lot if I have any chance to get back.

I have to go into contact and get someone to stamp on [my feet] and take studs on them.”

“I’ll probably curl into a ball and start crying,” he remarked.

Asked about the prospect of facing ‘Quins at The Stoop, Zebo said, “It’s 50/50 at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get out against Harlequins; fingers crossed.”

He added, “By Monday or Tuesday I’ll know. Hopefully it doesn’t swell up and I’ll be able to drive on.”

Zebo, who recently signed a contract extension at Munster, was asked if he was tempted at any stage to follow international colleague Jonathan Sexton to the Top14 in France.

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“Not at this moment in time,” was his immediate response although he did admit that he had given the idea some thought.

“You’d be a fool if you didn’t [consider it],” he added.

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