Ulster and Ireland back Jared Payne faces an uncertain immediate future as he continues to recover from an injury-hit British and Irish Lions tour this past summer.
The New Zealand born star has not played since the Lions clash with the Chiefs on June 20th and Ulster’s Director of Rugby Les Kiss has revealed that the 32-year-old has been suffering from headaches since that clash.
Speaking to BBC Sport NI, Kiss outlined that Payne’s ailment has been ruled as ‘not concussion-related’ and that he and the medical team are taking a patient approach to his return.
“It’s with the head and the neck and Jared is getting headaches after hard work. We have to work slowly but surely to get him to a point where he is right again.
“It’s certainly frustrating and not ideal for Jared, we’ll do the best we can for him to make sure he is right.
“We won’t do anything until he has had a week of freedom [from headaches] from his responses after training.”
According to Kiss, Payne has been training with the Ulster squad since the Autumn but has suffered repeated headaches since that time.
The nature of his ailment has meant that there is no timeline for his recovery or a return to action. He and the medical team can merely be patient and hope the symptoms ease in time.