New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady has admitted his injured right hand is not where he would like it to be heading in to Super Bowl LII on Sunday.
The 40-year-old five-time Super Bowl winner picked up the problem during practice ahead of the AFC Championship against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was forced to play in that game with his hand strapped up.
Despite the hinderance, Brady was still able to lead the Patriots to a fourth quarter comeback win against Jacksonville to set up a meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brady has since revealed he needed 12 stitches to his throwing hand leading up to the win over the Jags and he continues to wear a glove to hide the extent of the problem.
The Pats quarter-back has now given an update on the injury and admits it is still bothering him as he gets sets to face one of the toughest defences in the NFL in the form of the Eagles on Sunday.
"My hand? It's getting better but it's not quite where I want it to be," said Brady, heading into his eighth Super Bowl.
"So, I'm just trying to protect it the best way I can. Obviously a very important part of my body as a quarterback so I want it to be as healthy as possible for the game on Sunday."
While New England may have concerns over the health of Brady, they were given a boost on Tuesday when tight end Rob Gronkowski said he expects to play in the Super Bowl.
Gronkowski remains in the concussion protocol after a blow to the head against Jacksonville, forcing him to miss the first practice of the week, but he remains confident he will be passed fit on Sunday.
New England are 1.44 to make it back-to-back Super Bowls this weekend, while the Eagles are 3.25 to claim their first Vince Lombardi trophy.
Brady is 1.70 to be named Super Bowl MVP.
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