Thomas Frank confirms massive Brentford blow ahead of Newcastle United game

Thomas Frank will be without one of his key players for Brentford’s visit to St James’s Park.

Captain Pontus Jansson has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Newcastle United with the hamstring injury he suffered against Bournemouth last weekend.

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Mathias Jorgenson replaced Jansson in the 0-0 draw, but Ethan Pinnock is an option again after he recently returned from a knee injury. Kristoffer Ajer could also slot into the heart of defence, despite playing right-back last weekend.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank.

“Pontus has got a hamstring injury,” said Frank. “We don’t know how long, but he will be out for Saturday. Yes, Ethan is fully available – and an option. Of course, I have to take a decision.

“Ethan will lack a little bit of sharpness. He’s fit, and has been fit for the last couple of weeks. The fitness is not an issue, it’s just that sharpness which we will be looking into after every (training) session.”