Brentford prepare for first match under Thomas Frank



Posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PA

Brentford prepare for first match under Thomas Frank

New Brentford head coach Thomas Frank will take charge of the team for the first time when Bristol City visit Griffin Park for their Sky Bet Championship clash.

Frank stepped up from his assistant role following the departure of Dean Smith to Aston Villa.

Defender Chris Mepham continues to be assessed having returned early from international duty with Wales after picking up an unspecified fitness problem.

Midfielder Emiliano Marcondes (foot) remains sidelined along with young striker Marcus Forss (back). Defender Rico Henry has now stepped up his rehabilitation after knee surgery late last year.

Bristol City are set to hand a first Championship start to young goalkeeper Max O’Leary.

The 22-year-old academy graduate will step in as Niki Maenpaa is sidelined for at least a month with an abductor strain and Frank Fielding has viral meningitis.

Midfielder Callum O’Dowda is expected to be available following assessments for concussion.

Korey Smith continues his recovery following surgery on a knee problem.

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