Lewis-Potter could return as Frank backs Brentford to ‘come out flying’

Keane Lewis-Potter has recovered from a foot ligament injury and could make his return for Brentford against Brighton on Friday evening.

Lewis-Potter has missed the past three games for the Bees and was also forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad which faced Italy and Germany last month.

But boss Thomas Frank has confirmed that the 21-year-old is now available for selection again, though says he still faces a decision as to whether to include him in the squad following his spell out.

Skipper Pontus Jansson remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Christian Norgaard will also remain out with the Achilles problem which has forced him to miss the past five games but has been back out running on the training pitch and Frank says he is “quite confident” the midfielder will be back next month ahead of the World Cup break.

Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has also suffered an injury – while saving a penalty from Kristoffer Ajer in training – and will be unavailable for a number of weeks.

“He made an unbelievable penalty save and was very unfortunate to get injured with an ankle ligament injury in training, so he’s out for some weeks,” Frank said.

Brentford will be hoping to put last week’s heavy 5-1 defeat at Newcastle behind them against Brighton, and Frank also backed his players to show a response.

“I would call it a freak game against Newcastle because we are never, and I mean never, going to make an own goal and two big individual mistakes in the same game again,” he said.

“It may take 100 years of Brentford history before that will happen again hopefully, so that’s a freak one.

“For me there are underlying bits we always want to improve but we will come flying out tomorrow, there is no doubt about that.”