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Tom Moore, London24 Brentford blogger
Monday, September 5, 2011
“With the squad at its bare bones, just a few weeks into the season, Bees fans have to hope that Brentford are getting their injury crisis out of the way early”
To do well in the League a side needs players who are good enough, as well as some good fortune.
All clubs seem to have a spell when several players are unavailable. Brentford are going through one of these times with Shaleum Logan, Sam Saunders, Leon Legge, Toumani Diagouraga, Kirk Hudson, Clayton Donaldson and Gary Alexander all in the treatment room at some point in the last week. Niall McGinn has also been away on international duty.
Donaldson missed Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Milton Keynes Dons, but recovered by Saturday to score the only goal of the game at the Bescot Stadium, a move that Uwe Rosler deemed as a risk.
Alexander, who scored twice in the 90 minutes as well as his penalty on Tuesday, hadn’t trained prior to Saturday, although he still made the bench.
Diagouraga picked up an injury at Hampton and Richmond in pre-season and is yet to make his first appearance.
He’s getting back to match-fitness slowly. Saunders, who scored two goals in the 5-0 win over Leyton Orient, is out for several weeks with a knee ligament problem, along with Logan who has an ankle ligament injury. Hudson has been out for a long time with a hip problem and he has a long way to go to recover to full fitness.
With the squad at its bare bones, just a few weeks into the season, Bees fans have to hope that Brentford are getting their injury crisis out of the way early.
Next Saturday sees Brentford travel to Wycombe, and these games have a history of being entertaining. In recent matches there normally have been goals, red cards and drama.
The most dramatic game was the 3-3 draw in the 2008/09 season, when the sides were first and second respectively, watched by 10,642.