Brentford’s scouting network will be tested as head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen likely to call in the cavalry to rebuild his stricken squad before the current transfer window closes.

The Bees chief has been rocked by news record signing Andreas Bjelland, who injured his knee against Oxford United, will miss the rest of the season and Spanish midfielder Jota the next three months after a week of injury carnage at Griffin Park.

Couple that with the anticipated exit of striker Andre Gray – plus the confirmed departures of Jonathan Douglas, Stuart Dallas and Moses Odubajo – and the squad that Mark Warburton built has all but disintegrated.

The acquisition of former Franc U20 international Maxime Colin from Anderlecht on a four-year deal last week is a straight replacement for Odubajo and the 23-year-old defender is in the squad for Saturday's trip to Burnley.

While the potential asking price for Gray – thought to be around the £9million mark – would help finance at least four new arrivals between now and the end of the month.

Bjelland (knee), striker Scott Hogan (knee), Jota (ankle) and Josh McEachran (foot) remain the long-term absentees.

While Marcus Tebar (hamstring), Nico Yennaris (dead leg) and James Tarkowski (broken nose) are expected to return to action within weeks.

“It was an awful week,” said Dijkhuizen after Saturday’s 4-2 win at Bristol City.

“First the cup defeat to Oxford and the big injury to Andreas Bjelland.

“Jota is out for three or four months. That’s a lot of quality players injured in one week so I’m very happy with the result.”

Dijkhuizen’s mood will have been lightened by news former Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod may return to full training in September – nine months since he made the move south.

“Lewis and our medical team have endured a very frustrating time since Lewis arrived at the club in January,” said head of medical Neil Greig this week.

“A particularly complex hamstring problem that has limited the explosive power that Lewis has been able to produce, has made it impossible for him to perform to his maximum in team training.

“With that in mind, Lewis spent the summer working with a specialist strength and conditioning coach, in order to address the deficits identified.

“He is now working well outside with the medical team, and producing far more promising results than at any other time to date.

“While Lewis is not yet out of the woods, there is now genuine belief he will be able to join his team-mates for training during September.”


Brentford’s list of walking wounded, their injury and when they could be back in action.

Andreas Bjelland – knee, next season

Jota – ankle, November at the earliest

Lewis Macleod – hamstring, October

Josh McEachran – foot, November

Scott Hogan – knee, unknown

Nico Yennaris – dead leg, next week

James Tarkowski – broken nose, Saturday

Marcus Tebar – hamstring, September

Correct as of August 20