The major piece of news to come out of Griffin Park last week was confirmation that Rico Henry had suffered a serious knee-injury during our 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough. The left-back was stretchered off just before half-time at The Riverside Stadium with subsequent investigation confirming that Rico will be out for a significant length of time.
On a more positive note the international break gave Lasse Vibe and Sergi Canos a chance to progress further towards full fitness after their respective lay-offs.
Back in training and feeling good 🙏🏻🙏🏻👌🏻 https://t.co/Fe95pkhJiF— Lasse Vibe (@LasseVibe) October 4, 2017
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The intense Championship programme hasn’t just taken its toll on The Bees, with a number of clubs likely to be missing key players for the foreseeable future. Millwall’s Shaun Williams and Byron Webster will both be out until at least the New Year with knee-injuries while surgery on a hamstring problem will keep Bristol City’s Gary O’Neil out for the next three months at least.
The past seven days have seen dreams fulfilled and hopes shattered across the globe as qualifying for the 2018 World Cup reaches a climax. Nearly half the spots have been filled for the tournament in Russia with Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, England, Nigeria, Poland, Germany, and Egypt joining the hosts next summer.
For the home nations, Scotland’s dreams of a Play-Off place were ended after a 2-2 draw in Slovenia saw Gordon Strachan’s side miss out on goal difference while Northern Ireland guaranteed themselves a Play-Off spot despite Sunday’s defeat to Norway.
Wales and the Republic of Ireland meet in Cardiff tonight with everything up for grabs in Group D. Both sides can still overtake Serbia to win the group and qualify automatically but they can also both finish third and miss out. A draw should be enough for Wales to make at least the Play-Offs while only a win will do for Ireland.
In South America, Argentina are in real danger of failing to qualify for the first-time in nearly half a century. Lionel Messi’s side must go to Ecuador and win, something they haven’t done in three attempts, to ensure a Play-Off berth at worst. Anything less than a win leaves Argentina sweating on results elsewhere.
Meanwhile in Asian qualifying, Syria’s fairy-tale lives on. Despite six-years of war and a 9,000 mile round-trip to play their home games in Malaysia, they are just three games away from the World Cup after a 1-1 draw at home to Australia in the First-Leg of the Asian Play-Off. The Second-Leg takes place in Sydney tomorrow with the winners going on to meet either the USA, Panama or Honduras to decide who heads to Russia.