Brentford boss gives injury update on Harlee Dean, Adam Forshaw and Jonathan Douglas

20:53 11 January 2014

Mark Warburton. (Photo by Rob Munro/Getty Images)

Mark Warburton. (Photo by Rob Munro/Getty Images)

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Brentford manager Mark Warburton admitted that the Christmas schedule had caught up with his side after he missed three players for the 2-0 win over Port Vale through injury.

Harlee Dean, Adam Forshaw and Jonathan Douglas missed the victory that was the Bees’ 1,000th win at Griffin Park..

And Warburton revealed after the game that they were caused over the run during the Christmas period and they weren’t in talks over an exit from Brentford as some supporters feared.

“They have knocks,” he said. “They’re being managed by the medical team. It’s an end product of very tough games program over Christmas. I’m sure all teams get them”

Forshaw has been one of Brentford’s best players this season but he was absent with a calf strain.

“He got stamped on last week right at the death of the game at Peterborough,” Warburton explained. “We thought it was bruising but the scan revealed a small tear. He’s been well looked after so e’ll be back in training next week hopefully.”

Douglas was absent with a hamstring complaint but he’ll be back in training on Monday.

“Dougie was back in this morning and will be in for training on Tuesday so we’re getting there,” the Bees boss explained.

“He had a hamstring problem – it tightened up at Peterborough I think 35 minutes in. The medical team have been outstanding ande was running flat out this morning. He’ll be in tomorrow and join the group on Tuesday”

Warburton, however, did not offer such a confident prognosis for Dean, hoping that rest will help him recover.

He said: “Harlee came through a tough program at Christmas with a small problem. With rest and recuperation it’ll probably heal so he’s being looked after.”

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