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Club captain Scott Brown is eager to return for club and country, meanwhile the Greek striker may miss Champions League opener against Benfica with injury

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By Martin Macdonald

BROWN LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has recently spoken of his excitement and desire to get back on to the field for club and country, having suffered from a niggling injury since the start of the season.

Brown has missed vital Scottish Premier League matches against Hibernian and Ross County in the past few weeks, as well as Scotland’s 2014 World Cup Qualifying matches against Serbia and Macedonia, but he is hopeful that he will be returning to action sooner rather than later. He said:

“I´ve had two weeks off and I´ve done pretty much nothing. I've just rested. Hopefully I´ll see if I can play on Saturday and if not, then hopefully Wednesday.

"It´s up to the manager what he does with me but I feel like I can kick-start now and get back into training."

The club captain also reassured fans that despite suffering an on-going hip problem from last season, it is unlikely that he will need an operation to repair the damage. He said:

“Hopefully not, but we'll see how it is over the next couple of weeks. It is just a bit of wear and tear and inflammation as well. It all started last season, when I got my hernia operation.

"I've just got to sit out here and there in training, but it seems to be feeling better these days."

Brown also revealed that he and his team-mates were certainly looking forward to testing themselves against Europe’s elite in the Champions League this season, but stressed that the priority is always the bread and butter of the SPL. He said:

“The SPL is always the main thing for us. We want to keep that title at Celtic Park.

“It´s been a long time, four years since I played in the Champions League.A lot of the lads came to Celtic hoping to play in the Champions League and now they are, so everyone is looking forward to it.”

SAMARAS A DOUBT FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OPENER

Celtic are sweating over the fitness of Georgios Samaras after the striker picked up a suspected dislocated elbow whilst on international duty for Greece in the nation’s 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Latvia.

The 27-year old suffered the injury after coming on as a substitute and assisting his team-mates to a 2-1 comeback in Riga. However, Samaras’ agent, Gregory Ionnidis believes that the Celtic man should never have even been on the pitch, as he was already suffering with a back problem. Speaking to the media, he said:

“Sammy shouldn't be playing in the first place with his bad back.

He needs to get back to Glasgow ASAP. He is now in terrible pain and his left arm is injured. Why did they have to use him?"

Samaras has been in excellent form since the start of the season, and assisted the Hoops to reaching the Champions League group stages with two vital goals against HJK Helsinki and Helsingborgs in the qualifying rounds, but his availability for the opening match against Benfica remains unclear.

NEXT MATCH: CELTS VERSUS SAINTS

With the international break at its mid-points, a contingent of Celtic stars are still with their respective nation. However, It is back to business for the Hoops on 15th of September when they travel to Perth to take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

The Saints currently find themselves rock bottom of the SPL with just two points taken from their opening four games after draws against Motherwell and Dundee United.

The Hoops have made a steady start to the new campaign, racking up two wins and two draws.

 

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