Defender to have knee surgery and likely to miss rest of the season
Brentford Football Club can confirm that Andreas Bjelland unfortunately sustained a significant injury to his left knee during the Capital One Cup tie against Oxford United on Tuesday, 11 August. The Danish international suffered the injury and was forced to leave the field shortly before half-time.
Following 48 hours of diagnostic screening and consultations with appropriate medical specialists it has been confirmed that Andreas will require surgery to repair the injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2015/16 season.
Neil Greig, Brentford FC Head of Medical, said: "Andreas unfortunately sustained a forced hyperextension injury to his left knee on Tuesday evening. It was clear from the outset that we would need to allow an appropriate period of time in order to establish an accurate diagnosis and prognosis, which is the process we have been following thus far.
"Disappointingly, the news from the last 48 hours is that Andreas will need to undergo surgery to repair a multi-ligament injury to his left knee. The consensus is that such a procedure will take, on average, around nine months to recover from, making his participation this season unlikely. This surgery will take place once the initial inflammation has settled and Andreas is ready to proceed.
"I'm sure that all Brentford fans will appreciate that the degree of detail that can be released following such an injury are restricted by both the wishes of the player and medical confidentiality, which are respected at all times, in this case and all others of a similar nature.
"Suffice to say, Andreas will have the full support of everyone at the club and can be assured that his full recovery will be well planned under the guidance of the leading knee consultant in the country. Andreas's focus on recovery is already strong, as I would expect for such an experienced and well respected player, which gives me absolute confidence that he will make a complete return to his previous level of football.