Brentford head coach Thomas Frank provided an update on injured trio Aaron Hickey, Christian Nørgaard and Ethan Pinnock during his press conference at Jersey Road on Friday.

The Bees welcome Manchester United to Gtech Community Stadium for Saturday’s late kick-off, live on Sky Sports.

Frank revealed that full-back Hickey (hamstring) is “further down the line”, while captain Christian Nørgaard (back) is progressing well but won’t be available this weekend.

Ethan Pinnock (ankle), who last appeared against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 10 February, is also “going in the right direction” but won’t feature against Erik ten Hag’s side.

As revealed on Thursday, Kevin Schade (adductor) has been training with the first-team group for the last two weeks, but Saturday’s game will come too soon for the Germany international.

With three Premier League games in quick succession, Frank said “it will be tight” for Pinnock and Schade to feature against Brighton on 3 April and Aston Villa on 6 April.

Forward Bryan Mbeumo played just over 10 minutes against Burnley last time out and could make his first start since 6 December against United.

“Bryan, of course, is further down the line and that’s very, very good,” said Frank. “He has two more weeks under his belt and played an in-house game on Thursday.”

Rico Henry (knee), Josh Dasilva (knee) and Ben Mee (ankle) are sidelined for the remainder of the season. Frank revealed that contract discussions have begun with Dasilva and Mee, with both players out of contract this summer.

Sergio Reguilón will serve a one-match suspension on Saturday having been sent off during the 2-1 defeat to Burnley for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

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