Later this week will be the first anniversary of Brentford's 2-1 win over Stoke City. The Bees came from behind to win the Sky Bet Championship encounter on 27 February last year. It was played behind closed doors and was a good win in a memorable season but Josh Dasilva remembers it more than most.
Josh was withdrawn in the second half of that game as he had a hip injury. It was 5 February 2022 that he played again. It was a story he told to Jay Harris, from The Athletic, last week.
“We saw one of the best specialists in the UK, (Professor) Damian Griffin,” Dasilva told The Athletic. “He said, ‘Look, this injury is not going to be five to six weeks. You will be lucky to play next season’.
“It was a shock. The hip is not a place you want to play games with. The worst-case scenario was I shatter my hip and my career is finished. We had to think about how to get it in the best shape possible, however long it took. My aim was to get Brentford promoted to the Premier League and that was always on my mind. I wanted to play until the end of the season and then rest, but this was bigger than that.”
Dasilva spoke to The Athletic about he he dealt with a year away from matches as Brentford won promotion to the Premier League. He praised the Club's medical team for their support. He played against Everton in an Emirates FA Cup match on 5 February and made his Premier League debut against Manchester City a few days later. Josh started against Arsenal on Saturday as he approaches full fitness. Read it in full here.
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