Bryan Mbeumo Faces Extended Absence Due to Severe Ankle Injury

In a setback for Brentford, top scorer Bryan Mbeumo is set to be sidelined for several weeks following a “bad” ankle injury. It sustained during the team’s recent 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Mbeumo, who has netted seven goals this season, found the back of the net from the penalty spot before being forced to exit the match due to the injury. Brentford manager Thomas Frank expressed concern about the severity of the situation, stating, “It is bad. He’ll undergo a scan later, but we are uncertain about the exact duration of his absence. He will definitely not be available for Saturday’s match against Sheffield United.”The timing of Bryan Mbeumo injury raises questions about his readiness for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, scheduled to commence on January 13th next year. The tournament kicks off with the Indomitable Lions facing Guinea in their opening Group C clash on January 15th.

Compounding Brentford’s challenges, Mbeumo joins a growing list of eight first-team players currently unavailable. The 24-year-old forward had taken on added responsibilities in the attack during Ivan Toney’s suspension for violating football’s gambling rules.

Manager Thomas Frank acknowledged Mbeumo’s significant contributions, emphasizing his exceptional work rate and dedication to the team. “His work rate for the team is incredible – you don’t see many wingers who work  so hard and mean so much [to their team]. He has become the key man – ‘give me the ball, I’ll take this.’ Who will step into that role now? We’ll discover that in the coming weeks.”

As Brentford faces the challenge of adapting to Mbeumo’s absence, uncertainties loom over the team’s offensive dynamics, leaving fans and management alike eager to identify the player who will step up in his absence.