Benrahma’s omission ‘100% down to fitness’ – Frank

Thomas Frank says he hopes Said Benrahma is still a Brentford player after the transfer window closes and that the decision to leave him out of the starting line-up against Preston “was 100% down to fitness.”

Benrahma has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, including West Ham and Crystal Palace.

“I hope that one of the best offensive players in the division stays with us, but if not then I wish him all the best,” said Bees head coach Frank.

Benrahma was back among the substitutes for the 4-2 defeat against Preston, despite his wonder goal against Fulham in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

“He had some minor injuries and setbacks in pre-season and he wasn’t back to his full fitness level,” Frank added.

“That’s the reason I took him off against Fulham. In fact, I played him 10 minutes too much in that game, so he couldn’t start today.”