Wes Brown

Brown unlikely to return this season

by Stuart Vose

Boss's injury update on defender.

Martin O’Neill has revealed that Wes Brown is unlikely to be fit enough for senior duty this season.

The former Manchester United defender has endured a taxing campaign and has failed to make a single appearance in 2012-13 after sustaining a knee injury during the pre-season trip to South Korea.

It’s been a long time out for Wes, who has been beset with injuries

- Martin O'Neill

Brown, 33, has been forced into a spectating brief while working on his rehab with the club’s medical staff.

O’Neill says the defender is making progress but admits the former England international most probably won’t be back on full duty until next season.

“It’s been a long time out for Wes, who has been beset with injuries,” he explained.

“He looked as if he just settling at the time I came in, but hurt himself in January last year and we’ve not really seen him back since.

“He had a setback out in Korea but it looked like he was making progress, but for Wes it’s been a case of two steps forward and three back.

“At the moment, however, I think he’s reversing that trend – it’s one little step at a time.

“He’s joined in training on a few days and then has to take some time out again.

“Chances are we probably won’t see him between now and the end of the season, but perhaps it’ll be one he wants to forget and start again next season.”