Brentford’s head coach, Thomas Frank, revealed the severity of Bryan Mbeumo’s ankle injury, describing it as “bad” and expecting the forward to be sidelined “for weeks.” The injury occurred during Brentford’s recent 2-1 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion. Despite scoring the game’s opener with a penalty kick, Mbeumo had to be substituted just before halftime due to a collision with Brighton’s Pascal Gross, believed to have damaged his ankle ligaments.
Frank confirmed the situation, expressing uncertainty about the exact duration of Mbeumo’s absence but confirming he would miss Saturday’s match and remain out for an extended period.
“It is bad. I don’t know how bad. We don’t have the exact number of weeks. He will definitely be out for Saturday and for weeks.” – Thomas Frank on Bryan Mbeumo’s injury, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Thursday
Mbeumo’s absence poses a significant challenge for Brentford, as he’s been a key contributor with seven goals and four assists in 15 Premier League games this season. With Ivan Toney already serving a suspension until January, Mbeumo’s absence further depletes their attacking department.
While Yoane Wissa might be expected to fill the gap, his recent scoring record hasn’t been strong, and other options like Keane Lewis-Potter are yet to find their scoring form in the top flight. Additionally, with another player, Kevin Schade, sidelined with injury, Brentford faces a shortage of pace and direct dribbling upfront, necessitating adjustments to their playing style.
On a slightly positive note, Brentford has only four more league games left before Toney returns from suspension, and three of these matches are against teams below them in the league standings.
Mbeumo’s injury might also impact his chances of representing Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, with their first game scheduled against Gambia on January 15.
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