WALES tighthead Leon Brown is nearing the end of his concussion “nightmare” but it’s Glasgow on his mind rather than the Six Nations.

The 21-year-old from Maesglas has been out of action since he banged into an All Black hip when he won his third cap against New Zealand in November.

That was a second concussion in quick succession after one against the Ospreys that he recovered from swiftly to take his place in the autumn squad.

This time the process has been more protracted; the prop missed all three festive regional derbies and was sent to see a specialist in Birmingham.

The powerful front rower has now been given the all clear to return to training and is aiming to be back in Guinness PRO14 action in February, ideally against Glasgow at Rodney Parade in a fortnight.

“I’m feeling good, it’s been a while out and a bit of a nightmare but I feel well and I’m getting back to full fitness,” said Brown.

“It’s been a couple of months since I last played and I have had complete rest but I’m back training with the boys and want to return within two or three weeks. It will be good to just get back playing, and playing regularly.

“I had the high of the autumn then the low of the head knock but that is part and parcel of the game. I am just looking forward to getting back into it.”

Brown’s rapid rise has been remarkable with the tighthead making his Test debut against Australia in November just a year after enjoying his first Dragons outing at Leicester.

The concussion means that the prop has lost his place in the Wales squad to fellow bright prospect Dillon Lewis, a former Under-20s teammate, but earning another call-up for the summer tour to Argentina isn’t his prime motivation.

“I am not thinking of the tour for the minute, I just want to get back playing for the Dragons and hopefully get a good amount of games in for me and see how it goes,” said Brown.

“On and off the pitch I have learned a lot this season; how to manage yourself and go about your analysis while on the pitch I am still learning. There are times when I will come unstuck but I have got to keep going.”

The loss of Brown left the Dragons down to the bare bones on the right-hand side of the scrum as Brok Harris suffered a shoulder injury that is set to end his season.

Their absence left Lloyd Fairbrother shouldering a heavy burden and the Cornishman, who qualifies for Wales through his mother from Blaenavon, has impressed.

That leaves Brown needing to return to his early-season form in order to earn the 3 jersey back, while on-loan Nicky Thomas and Dan Suter, who is nearing a return from a pre-season Achilles injury, will also be fighting for the start.

“Lloyd has pushed on really well,” said Brown. “He is playing 80 minutes, I don’t think I have played 80 minutes yet! Hopefully I can get back and push him for a place in the starting team.

“You see the performances he is putting in, he is scrumming well, scoring tries, he is playing well.

“That is good for me, Nicky and Dan. We all need competition, it brings out the best in us.

“We have gone from having one fit tight-head to having four of us, hopefully we can give Bernard Jackman a bit of a headache in selection and whoever gets picked can do the best job.”