Defender sidelined for up to three months
Alan McCormack will undergo surgery on Monday to repair an ankle ligament injury sustained during last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
The 30-year-old Irishman was stretchered from the field following a tackle from behind and has spent the past week obtaining a diagnosis, and consulting orthopaedic specialists.
Head of Medical Neil Greig said: “Alan has sustained a nasty and unusual ankle ligament injury and the decision has been made to repair the injury now, rather than wait to see if it will heal using conservative measures.
“The opinion of the leading ankle consultant in the country has been sought and his experience suggests that the failure rate of conservative management in such cases is high, therefore an early surgical repair is the most proactive course of action for Alan.
“The anticipated recovery for such surgery is around three months, which is a blow for both Alan and the team, given the positive influence that he brings to the dressing room.
“However, as all Brentford fans will be aware, Alan demonstrates a fantastic work ethic and attitude to everything that does and I have no reason to believe that his rehabilitation programme will be any different.
“The medical and conditioning staff will give Alan every support in the coming months in order to ensure his safe return to action as swiftly as possible.”