Pontus Jansson will likely miss Brentford’s trip to Newcastle United in an early blow to Thomas Frank’s side.
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With Eddie Howe’s side getting their season back up and running thanks to Saturday’s big win over Fulham, this weekend’s meeting with Brentford offers a real chance to build further momentum.
Few would doubt the quality of the visitors, who have already beaten Manchester United 4-0, but the Bees are yet to win away from home this season and are traveling to one of English football’s fiercest fortresses in recent months. Only Manchester City and Liverpool have won on Tyneside since the turn of the year, while Newcastle are yet to taste defeat on home soil this time out.
Brentford’s task is likely to be harder due to Jansson’s injury. The central defender and club captain was withdrawn during their draw with Bournemouth on Saturday due to what looks like a hamstring injury.
What has been said about Brentford’s injury problem?
Speaking to the club’s official website, Frank said: “It’s most likely a hamstring injury, but I don’t know how big it is. I think he’ll be out for the Newcastle game. He’ll be assessed tomorrow.”
How important is Jansson to Brentford?
The former Leeds defender leads the way for Brentford for clearances per game (4.2, via WhoScored) and provides a real aerial presence for Frank’s side, winning 2.7 aerial duels per game on average, the third-highest in their squad behind Ben Mee and Ivan Toney.
With Callum Wilson fit again, Allan Saint-Maximin potentially back in action and Newcastle playing at home, the omens are looking good for Howe’s side.