Brown’s concussion ‘will take time’

Date published: May 7 2015

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has said that Mike Brown's concussion symptoms 'will clear' in time.

Brown has struggled to make a full return to fitness since his collision with Andrea Masi during the Six Nations clash between England and Italy.

The England star is now having the best care to get him ready in time for the Rugby World Cup, with O'Shea reiterating that his concussion would clear.

“Mike won’t play this weekend and I have no intention of playing him next weekend,” O’Shea told reporters on Wednesday.

“We had people in today to look and see what the best way forward is for him. It will clear. You have seen instances already this year for players where it just takes time. In the past it would have been rushed because you just didn’t have the knowledge we have now.

“I want people to understand that the game is safer because we are looking after players as opposed to the old way of getting on with it for your mate.”

O'Shea also revealed Brown's frustrations at being kept on the sidelines, having not featured for Harlequins since January.

“Mike wants to be out there,” added O’Shea. 

“He texted me on Friday night saying 'is that it?’ after watching Gloucester. I texted back saying 'this is what we need to do, this is what they need to do’ and he said 'so it’s still possible?’

“He wants to be there but since Jan 24 when we played Castres that is the last time that he pulled on a Harlequins jersey. That’s tough for Mike Brown and that’s tough for us.”