O'Shea allays Mike Brown injury fears
April 26, 2014
Mike Brown receives some attention © Getty Images
Conor O'Shea is confident Mike Brown will be fit for Harlequins' final two games after he limped off during their 18-10 Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Northampton.
Brown hurt his knee after being taken out in the air by Jamie Elliott in the third minute, which earned the Saints wing a yellow card, but O'Shea allayed fears over Brown's fitness post-match.
"Mike is fine," said O'Shea. "The ground was pretty hard there and his knee has ballooned and stiffened up massively. We have a nine-day turnaround; it is just a bad bruise, so he should be okay. You don't know what's coming these days, but the yellow card was fine for me."
O'Shea was less than impressed with Kahn Fotuali'i's second-half try and questioned the decision to award it after a potential knock-on from the eventual try-scorer.
"It looked like he touched it; a feather, but he touched it. All the players thought he touched it and a knock-on is a knock-on. But did Northampton earn their win tonight? They did, the game can be very different if the little things happen for you and they didn't happen for us tonight."
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder revealed Lions wing George North went off in the first half with a calf injury picked up in the warm-up, but was delighted with Fotuali'i's performance.
"Kahn is a special player," said Mallinder. "There were two outstanding nines on the field. Danny Care has been in great form and we marshalled him well, but I thought Kahn was outstanding.
"Defensively we were very good for 80 minutes and stopped a lot of their threats, Danny Care in particular. We took our opportunities in attack and our half-backs were very good at putting us in the right position."
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