Kevin Schade has been added to Brentford’s lengthy casualty list after suffering an adductor injury during the warm-up before the Bees’ Premier League game against Everton on Saturday.
Head coach Thomas Frank has confirmed that the German international will undergo surgery this week.
“He will be out for months,” said Frank. “It’s a blow, of course it is. He’s a player we have big expectations for, and he was starting to show some of his fantastic abilities with a goal against Crystal Palace.
“But this is football; this happens. There will be challenges that we have to work our way through, and we will do that.”
Frank also revealed that Ben Mee “will be some weeks with a muscle injury”, while Mikkel Damsgaard is seeing a knee specialist this week.
Schade, Mee and Damsgaard are joined on the sidelines by Shandon Baptiste, Josh Dasilva and Rico Henry.
“Every team has injuries, and with Ivan Toney’s ban included we have seven players out,” the Bees boss continued.
“I still think I can put a very strong team out there every game, but maybe we can’t change it as much during the game because the depth is not as good. I have big belief in our young players, but they need time to settle in.
“I still think we have done very well. Yes, we conceded two goals from corners [this season]; in the last nine months we have conceded one goal from a corner from a second phase.
“This has happened, we’ve looked through it, found things to adjust, trained on it and hopefully it’s better tomorrow.”
Keane Lewis-Potter replaced the injured Schade in the starting XI for Brentford’s 3-1 defeat to Everton, and Frank believes that the 22-year-old has a big opportunity to shine over the coming weeks.
“I believe in Keane,” said Frank. “He’s a player who came in from the Championship and has been hit by two injuries, so he needs to get into his rhythm.
“There were some good signs on Saturday and of course we want more. He will only get better.”
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