Ireland full-back Rob Kearney is hopeful of being fit for the Lions warm up match with Waratahs
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney is poised to hand Warren Gatland's Lions party a fitness boost.
Last Updated: 11/06/13 3:10pm
Irish full-back Kearney is the only player in the squad yet to feature for the Lions after picking up a torn hamstring before the tour. However, the Leinster man is hopeful of being able to play some part in Saturday's warm up match with Waratahs.
"I'm really happy. I suppose, from where I was two weeks ago, there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether I'd get to play again, whether I'd be hanging around or if I'd make the trip to Australia so things have improved a huge amount," he told Sky Sports.
"I'm in contention now to hopefully get some time at the weekend (against Waratahs)," he said. "It's important to stay focused and to do all your hard work with the medics, who have been fantastic for me and they've helped me out a huge amount. I probably wouldn't be in contention for the weekend without them."
Kearney's return is a timely boost for the tourists who have suffered a number of injuries since arriving in the southern hemisphere. The 27-year-old revealed he too could have been absent if the circumstances had been different.
"It wouldn't have been my choice (to return home). It probably was in my favour a little bit not having to get scanned until we got to Hong Kong and we were due to fly to Perth that evening, so there wasn't a huge amount of time.
"Luckily the scan didn't show a huge amount but it did show a tear of some sort. If the scan had of been done after the Rabo final in Dublin, things could have been different then but thankfully that wasn't the case."
You can see if Kearney makes his 2013 Lions bow on Saturday morning in a game that will be shown live on Sky Sports 2HD from 10.30am.