Brentford captain Jansson likely to miss rest of season

Brentford captain Pontus Jansson is expected to miss the remaining matches of the season with a hamstring problem, says boss Thomas Frank.

The central defender, 32, recently returned to action after a spell on the sidelines.

However, he went off after 16 minutes of the home defeat by Newcastle and is not expected to play again before the end of the campaign – when his contract ends.

His absence is a significant blow for Brentford as they look to secure a European place.

Frank said: “It’s a hamstring injury that unfortunately will most likely keep him out for the rest of the season. Obviously it’s bad news for us and Pontus.

“He’s our captain and an important player, so it’s a setback for us. But it is what it is and we have to get on with it.”

Brentford have been in talks with the Swede about a new deal and Frank remains keen to keep him.

“That’s an ongoing talk we have with him to find out what is the best decision,” Frank said. 

“He’s been our captain and leader for four years, done a fantastic job, and we’d like to keep him. 

“It’s been ongoing talk and we will continue that talk and hopefully make a decision relatively soon.”