If Wes Brown and injuries had never been introduced to each other then it is likely that the Manchester-born defender would have won many more plaudits for both club and country. Yet, despite regular stays in the treatment room, Brown remains one of the most valuable defenders in the Premier League.
Comfortable at right-back or in the centre of defence, Brown has been a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans since signing professional forms for Manchester United in 1996. And when fit, this natural defender has been an important member of the England squad since making his full international debut against Hungary in Budapest back in 1999. Sven-Goran Eriksson selected Brown for his 2002 FIFA World Cup™ squad but an injury-hit season was to put paid to his hopes of a trip to Germany in 2006.
Despite terrible luck with injuries, the 30-year-old tough-tackling defender has won five Premier League championship medals with Manchester United and has clocked up 23 appearances for his country. Strong in the air and comfortable with the ball on the ground, Brown also has two FA Cup winners' medals and two Champions League winners medals to his name. He replaced long-term injury victim Gary Neville at right-back for United in 2007/08, during a hugely successful season which saw the Old Trafford club win both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.