Saracens flanker Kelly Brown is back with the club and is on the mend after sustaining an ankle injury during Scotland’s summer tour of South Africa.
The durable back-rower sustained an ankle ligament injury during Scotland’s first game against Samoa and is pleased with the way his rehab is gone so far.
“The rehab is going well the injury is getting there” said Brown who celebrated his 31st birthday whilst away in South Africa.
“I had the operation two weeks ago, and it’s coming along well now; I can party weight bare and I’ve still got the protective boot on and then in two weeks I can begin to walk on it”.
“In terms of getting back for the start of the season I hope to back round about then, it might not be right at the start of the season, but I’d certainly envisage being back within the first few games” added Brown.
The former Borders Reivers and Glasgow Warriors star was one of three Scotland players forced to leave the tour after the first game with the Samoans, a game where Scotland had no less than 15 players on the injury table as a result of the physical encounter with the Samoans; but Brown believes the enforced absence’s may benefit the Scottish squad in the long term.
“It was tough” said Brown. “There were a lot of boys who went down injured and three us had to leave the tour after the first game. I’m not sure why there were so many injuries in the Samoa game, I suppose it’s just down to luck really. On the plus side though there were a lot of guys that were new to the group who got exposure and were able to show what they can bring to us as a squad. Duncan Taylor who got his first cap for example, did really well and didn’t look out of place at that level, and I think that puts us (Scotland) in good stead looking ahead”.
Brown was at the Saracens training ground to continue his rehabilitation on his injured ankle, and he believes there is “a feeling of excitement” amongst the squad on the first day back for pre-season training.
“I always love it when everyone starts to come back for pre-season” he said.
“It’s great to back and see the guys, obviously you work hard and at times it isn’t a lot of fun, but it is just part and parcel of being a professional. Like I said, I really enjoy coming back, you get the chance to get as strong and as fit and fast as possible, and I know that some of boys have already be training hard before we’ve even officially started, which bodes well for the beginning of the season.
“Just coming back to see all your mates again is great. There’s definitely a feeling of excitement around the place; it’s great to see all of the new guys here and it’s brilliant to meet them for the first time and welcome them to the club. Also, with the way things ended last year I think everyone wants to move on and make statement this season”.