Celtic midfielder Scott Brown

Brown ‘devastated’ at Celtic injury setback

Celtic captain Scott Brown says he’s devastated to be sidelined for three months with knee ligament damage.

Brown, who will miss Celtic’s Europa League clash with Ajax on Thursday, suffered the injury against Kilmarnock and may have to undergo surgery.

However, the 30-year-old is hopeful that surgery isn’t necessary.

“I was a bit devastated. When I woke up in the morning I had a wee feeling it was my ligament,” he told the club’s official website.

“I had hoped it was a wee strain but it was a bit more serious than that.

“I will be on crutches and my leg will be in a brace for four weeks and then after that I will see how it’s healing.

“If it’s healing well it will be good news and I won’t need an operation, but if it’s not going so well I might have to go down the operation route.”

Brown had only just returned from injury after missing four games for Celtic but he’s confident this new injury won’t be an issue.

“It’s always hard being injured,” he said.

“Coming back from an injury, playing 90 minutes and then being out for possibly three or four months is difficult, but I’ve had these blows before in my career and I will get over it – I will get through it no problem.

“Part and parcel of playing football is that you are always going to have injuries. It’s about how you come through them and how you look after your body over the next three or four months.”

Celtic have a crucial Europa League encounter against Ajax on Thursday in what is a must-win game for Ronny Deila’s side.

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