Mar 28, 2018
It’s not a game I want to miss - Barritt
Brad Barritt may have gone under the knife this week but that won’t stop the Saracens captain from being involved against Leinster on Sunday.
The 31-year-old left the field during Sarries’ win over Harlequins last weekend due to a neck injury before later finding out he had fractured his cheekbone.
On Tuesday, the centre had a small plate put into his cheek and insists it won’t stop him from fulfilling in duty for the team in Dublin.
“I’m completely 100 per cent confident I can do my role,” he told Saracens.com.
“I only realised I’d fractured it late on Saturday then when I blew my nose and it inflated!
“I had a small plate put into my cheek and thanks to the marvels of science I was able to have it done under local anaesthetic. It was a surreal experience but I’ve had a lot more painful experiences in my day.
“It was much like a routine tooth operation! Thankfully it’s not something that will rule me out of the weekend.
“It’s not a game I want to miss and in terms of the preparation we’ve had with the full session (on Wednesday) I’m confident with it.”
Saracens qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup in final slot, setting up a tasty contest with top seed Leinster at the Aviva Stadium.
Mark McCall’s side overcame Munster at the same venue in last season’s semi-finals and Barritt admits previous big ties allow Sarries to head to Ireland in a confident mood.
“We’ve had to do it the hard way this year to get this opportunity,” he said.
“We know what’s on the line and we’re playing against the form team in Europe. However, we know as a Saracens team that when we’re close to what we can do in terms of our performance we can go there with full confidence.
“This team has always thrived on these big occasions. The semi-final at the Aviva last season against Munster we were outnumbered in terms of fans and having home comforts but this team is galvanised by these big experiences and we’ve had enough of them in the past seven years to go there with full confidence.”