Brown boost for Burley

Celtic midfielder's injury not as serious as first feared

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Scott Brown's injury is not as bad as first feared in news that will delight George Burley ahead of Scotland's midweek World Cup qualifier against Holland.

An ankle knock picked by the Celtic midfielder in Saturday's 2-0 win over Macedonia, in which he scored, had made him a doubt for Wednesday's crunch clash.

He will receive treatment over the next couple of days but medical staff are hopeful he will be fit to take part after being assessed at the team's Loch Lomond base.

Burley told Sky Sports News: "Scott got a whack on his ankle after 10 or 15 minutes and eventually had to come off.

"But he is a strong character and he is desperate to play. He has been in getting treatment today and it's not as bad as we first feared.

"I'm optimistic that he will be available for Wednesday night."

Brown has featured in every World Cup qualifier so far and looks set to retain his place for the clash at Hampden.

Callum Davidson is out of the Holland match with a hamstring injury, while the Scottish Football Association are investigating whether they can appeal the yellow card which rules out James McFadden.