‘Mini pre-season’ will be ‘very important’ for Lewis-Potter

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says the World Cup break will be like a “mini pre-season” for Keane Lewis-Potter, which he believes can help the player to find his best form when the Premier League resumes again.

Injury problems mean Lewis-Potter has endured a frustrating start to life at the club after joining from Hull City for a club-record fee of £16m in the summer, which could rise to £20m.

After starting back-to-back games – the draw with Crystal Palace and win over Leeds in August and September – he then suffered a foot ligament injury which forced him to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad.

He then did not play for the following six games because of the injury and a lack of match fitness, but made his comeback against Wolves last month and started in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Frank believes the World Cup break will be of huge benefit to the forward.

“For Keane, I said to him that I think this mini pre-season break will be very important for him,” Frank said.

“He comes back after two weeks off, which is a short spell compared to a normal summer break.

“I think there’s a lot of things to work on but he’s in a good place and hopefully he can come back in a top place when we start again at the end of December.”