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Brown '100 per cent' fit for 200th game

By Laine Clark 20/08/2010 12:08:29 PM Comments (0)

In a worst case scenario for besieged Essendon coach Matthew Knights, Brisbane Lions skipper Jonathan Brown says he is "100 per cent" to play his 200th AFL game against the Bombers on Sunday.

The Lions skipper said his troublesome knee had "pulled up well" from a searching training session on Thursday and was primed to celebrate his milestone at Etihad Stadium.

"I had some treatment this morning and look forward to playing the game on Sunday," Brown said on Friday.

"I was touch and go. I didn't know until I trained yesterday.

"I had been struggling after the West Coast game (in round 19).

"It took me a while to get going training yesterday, but once I got going I felt in pretty good nick.

"I had to make sure I woke up alright this morning.

"I am 100 per cent. I am keen to finish the year strongly." The return of the Lion King would hardly be music to the ears of Knights who has endured endless speculation about his future following a horror fortnight at the helm.

Brown hasn't played since inspiring a drought breaking five point win over West Coast a fortnight ago.

And another win on Sunday would only apply more pressure on Knights.

But Essendon's plight was of no concern for Brown who could even find a positive in marking game No.200 in Melbourne rather than his home ground the Gabba.

He missed out on notching the milestone in front of his adoring Lions faithful in Brisbane last weekend against Adelaide due to the injury.

"I just want to get out there and play footy, if I am available I don't like putting them off - I cherish every game," he said.

"It would have been great to play in front of the home fans but unfortunately I couldn't get to do that last week.

"But I am a Victorian boy - this probably makes it easier for my mates to drive up the highway from Warrnambool, have a big day and cheer me on." Despite his long running battle with injuries, Brown reckons there are "plenty of years" left.

"I am proud to get the 200th, no doubt," he said.

"Especially with the one club that I grew up barracking for (Fitzroy) - that's significant.

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