Brown optimistic over recovery

  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 17:34 GMT

Celtic skipper Scott Brown is hopeful that he is at last getting over the hip complaint that has disrupted his season.

Scott Brown: Starting to feel better

The Scotland international has been in and out of Neil Lennon's side due to the degenerative ailment but will take his place in the Hoops midfield for Celtic's Champions League Group G clash with Barcelona in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

Brown's inclusion is all the more important given that Lennon will be without Emilio Izaguirre, Thomas Rogne, James Forrest and Lassad with Gary Hooper a big doubt and Georgios Samaras fighting to get fit following an ankle injury.

Brown gave the Celtic support a boost by saying: "I am starting to feel a lot better.

"I have had a lot of rest and my body is slowly getting better and better.

"I have managed to play three games in a row and I am feeling the benefits.

"So hopefully I am over the worst of it. You can never tell what is around the corner but my body is feeling good just now and if I can keep training day in, day out, playing two or three games a week, I am happy with that."

Lennon was glad of the good news and said: "It is perfect timing.

"The fact that he is recovering better gives us encouragement.

"He is playing at the top of his game, I feel, and he will be very important as he always is to us and in particular tomorrow evening, with his experience and drive a huge asset."

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