Defender happy with run-out

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by Stuart Vose

Brown pleased to be making progress.

Wes Brown was happy with his run-out after coming through the full 90 minutes of a friendly against Blackpool on Wednesday.

A behind-closed-doors game against the Seasiders was organised at the Academy – Brown’s first full game in 14 months.

It’s been frustrating - I’ve had a few setbacks along the way but the last couple of months have gone well

- Wes Brown

The defender has been sidelined with a knee injury after breaking down on the pre-season trip to South Korea last summer.

And the friendly run-out was a significant milestone for the former Manchester United man, who looked his typically composed self in central defence.

“I feel good and have been training for a month now,” he said.

“That was my first game in just over a year and it went well.

“Obviously I felt rusty but as the game went on I got my second wind and it fell into place.

“I’ll need a few games before I go back in. It helps get your mind focused and gets you back into the swing of things.”

Brown has followed a comprehensive rehab programme put in place by the club’s medical staff and his hard work is paying off.

However, the former England man has underlined the fact that he will continue to put in the hard yards as he aims to put a tough spell on the sidelines behind him.

“It’s small steps at the moment,” he said. “We have to manage things the right way. Some days I’ll be in the gym a bit more doing work on my legs.”

He added: “It’s been frustrating - I’ve had a few setbacks along the way but the last couple of months have gone well.

“We’ve changed things up a bit and hopefully I can keep my progress up.

“Things seem to be working well at the moment.”