Football - Commons grateful for rest

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is relishing his early holiday in a bid to shake off an ankle injury ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

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Kris Commons is eyeing a place in Celtic's XI for the cup final

Commons was one of several Celtic players handed a break after they clinched the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title with a 4-1 victory over Inverness on Sunday.

The Scotland international has been playing through an ankle injury in recent weeks and is hoping to swap his daily dose of painkillers for some sunshine.

Commons told Clyde 1's Superscoreboard: "It's come at a good time with picking up the ankle injury that's been bugging me for a couple of weeks now.

"Hopefully I can give that a good rest and go for 24 hours without actually taking painkillers.

"It will be a nice break from that and hopefully I can spend a bit of time in the sun and get my feet up and spend the best time of my life - and that's with my family.

"Every single day I've been taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories. It's just part and parcel of football nowadays."

Manager Neil Lennon will give other players a break next week with Commons hoping to be fighting fit for the Hampden clash against Hibernian on May 26.

"I've been getting through the games and just managing it on a day-to-day basis," he said.

"Hopefully this break in the sunshine will ease the pain and ease the swelling and I can feel as fit as I should be."

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