Brown upbeat over fitness

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Scott Brown believes he has a good chance of being ready for the game against Wales

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Scott Brown believes he has a good chance of being ready for the game against Wales

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown is optimistic he will be fit to face Wales on Friday - and has not ruled out playing against Belgium too.

Brown missed Celtic's win over Hearts on Sunday to rest his ongoing hip problem after helping Neil Lennon's side beat Spartak Moscow on an artificial pitch in Russia.

Speaking at Scotland's Mar Hall base, Brown said: "I'm not too bad, I'm getting there slowly."

He added: "I'm going to try for Friday first of all and see how I am. I'll take everything one step at a time and Wales is the most important game now.

"I missed out on the Hearts game at the weekend but I'm feeling not too bad just now. I'll see how training goes in the next few days."

When asked if he could play both of the World Cup qualifiers, Brown said: "I don't see why not. I feel okay."

Lennon has already given Brown and Scotland manager Craig Levein his blessing for Brown to play both matches if possible.

"He says it is up to me, if I feel fine to play one game, play one, and if I feel okay for two, just go ahead and do it, whatever my body can handle just now," the former Hibernian player said.

Brown has missed a number of Clydesdale bank Premier League matches with his hip complaint but played two games in a week last month, against Benfica and Dundee, and revealed his latest lay-off was largely down to the surface in the Luzhniki Stadium.

"The Astroturf did me," Brown said. "It was solid, there was no give. It was quite hard twisting and turning on it."

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