Olympic kayaker Eoin Rheinisch was back in canoe action in Spain recently for the first time after a shoulder operation last year.
The Irish Times reports that Rheinisch, who had surgery on his left shoulder last November, placed 34th in the canoe slalom European Championships at Seu d’Urgell.
The Kildare native confirmed that his fitness has not fully returned, but is getting better "day by day".
"The real goal is to get the high-intensity fitness back,” he said.
Rheinisch has four more events on the calendar before the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Slovakia this September.