Left back hoping to be available for Saturday's Stevenage clash
Jake Bidwell said he was pleased after coming through his first 90 minutes for almost two months.
The left back made his return from an ankle injury against Peterborough United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night.
Jake last played a full match on August 10 and picked up the injury against Gillingham a week later.
He admitted after the match – which Brentford lost 2-1 – that he was a little tired but he was fully fit after his first injury since he was a schoolboy.
He said he would aim to recover well enough to play against Stevenage in the Sky Bet League One fixture on Saturday.
“I am a little bit tired,” said Jake, speaking to Bees Player after the match last night.
“I was pleased.
“I thought I got stronger as the game went on, up until about the 80th minute, then I dipped.
“It was my first 90 minutes and I am pleased to have lasted the full game.
“My ankle is fine.
“My legs may be sore but I have to recover as best I can in the next couple of days and hope I can be available for Saturday.
“It was the first time I have been injured since I was 15 I think.
“It is part and parcel of being a footballer.
“I had to deal with it and thankfully it healed more quickly than expected.
“So far everything has gone OK.”
Jake paid tribute to the Brentford FC medical team that had helped him get fit.
He said he had to adjust to not being fit for the first time in his career but the work of the Brentford medical staff had helped.
He said he wanted to thank Head of Medical Neil Greig, First Team Physiotherapist Daryl Martin, Head of Conditioning Chris Haslam and Conditioning Coach Tom Perryman for their work over the past months.
“It was tough to get used to being injured at first,” said Jake.
“You have a routine that is based around training and everything else fits around that.
“When that is taken away it can take a couple of days to get used to it.
“You have to get it in to your head that it has happened.
“You have to get fit as best you can as quickly as you can.
“Everyone has been great with me – Daryl, Neil, Chris and Tom – getting me back fit.
“Until about the 80th minute today I felt great.
“I can’t thank them enough for the work they have done with me over the past few weeks.”
Brentford exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as they lost the game 2-1.
Peterborough started well and went ahead early on and although Brentford responded the hosts went 2-0 up through a disputed penalty.
Ben Nugent headed home to reduce the arrears and Brentford pressed for a leveller that just wouldn’t come.
“I thought we did OK tonight,” said Jake.
“Towards the end of the game we got stronger and could have taken it to penalties.
“Everyone gave it their all.
“There were a few players that have not played for a while and it was a good exercise for them.
“Unfortunately we could not get a result but I think it was a decent overall performance.
“On the last 20 minutes we probably deserved to take it to penalties at least.
“The lads have it a right good go.”
Jake admitted it was frustrating to not be able to play a large part in the season so far but said there was plenty of time for him to make an impact.
He said he would do all he could to start making that impact on Saturday at Stevenage.
“We haven’t picked as many points as we would have liked this season and as a player you want to play your part in trying to get the team to where we want to be,” he said.
“When you can’t do that, it is frustrating.
“It is a long season, there are plenty of games to go and hopefully I can play a part in getting us where we want to be.
“What happens next is a conversation for Thursday morning.
“We’ll see how I wake up.
“At the moment I feel fine.
“I will do all I can to try and make myself available for Saturday.”
A full video interview with Jake Bidwell is available here for Bees Player subscribers.