The first steps towards the 2019/20 season take place today as Brentford’s First Team squad return for pre-season training. The majority of the squad assembled at Brentford’s Training Ground, in Osterley, this morning as they start a six-week build up to the start of the Sky Bet Championship season. The Bees will begin their campaign on Saturday 3 August when they face Birmingham City at Griffin Park. A full list of fixtures can be seen here.
The first days will see the players go through a series of medical screenings and tests before training begins in the coming days. The group will be slightly reduced for the opening days as players that finished the 2018/19 season later due to internationals have been given extended rest. Julian Jeanvier, with Guinea, and Kamohelo Mokotjo, with South Africa, are still at the Africa Cup of Nations while Ezri Konsa is with England Under-21 at the UEFA European Under-21 Championships, albeit he will return home in the coming days as the Young Lions play their last game tonight.
Josh Dasilva, Ellery Balcombe, Henrik Dalsgaard and Mads Bech Sørensen were also away with international squads in late May and early June, along with players from Brentford B. New signing Christian Nørgaard will also join up slightly later as his season with former club Fiorentina finished at the end of May.
Brentford B are already back in training - having returned last Friday.
Good afternoon, and welcome back members of the Brentford B Team!— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) June 21, 2019
It's a day of meetings and physical tests for the second squad under new Head Coach Neil MacFarlane 👊 pic.twitter.com/8NOdEgQuHa
The Bees will begin their pre-season friendly programme with a game against AFC Wimbledon on Friday 5 July before a week-long training camp in Austria that concludes with a match against Dynamo Kiev. Pre-season will close with a friendly against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 27 July at Griffin Park. There are also games against Wycombe Wanderers and Norwich City, behind closed doors, in the next month.
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