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Mjallby plays down Brown concerns
Published : 06 Aug 2010 15:42:00
Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has played down fears that captain Scott Brown will miss the start of the season with an ankle injury. The midfielder, who has had two ankle operations in the past 18 months, suffered pain in the same area during Celtic's 2-1 victory over Sporting Braga on Wednesday, which failed to stop them bowing out of the Champions League. But Mjallby does not believe he will miss the SPL opener at Inverness on August 14. "I wouldn't think so," he said. "I can't say for certain whether it's going to be a concern but right now I think he's going to be okay for the start of the season." The Swede added: "He felt a bit sore after the game. He's had problems with his ankle in the past. "But he had a great game against Braga. If he says he's fine to play that's good enough for me." Brown will report for international duty on Monday but may not make the trip to Sweden for Scotland's friendly in Stockholm. "He needs to meet up with the Scotland squad and then they'll make a decision," said Mjallby.