Is there anybody left to pick for the Preston game?

19 Sep

Brentford entertain Preston North End today, looking to get back to winning ways after the draw at Leeds United and midweek defeat away to Middlesbrough. But, it seems, our well-documented injury list has got even worse with Maxime Colin the latest to be added, if reports are to be believed.

Maxime Colin - may be back in the stands for the Preston game

Maxime Colin – may be back in the stands for the Preston game

I like Thursdays. That’s ‘media day’ at Brentford and so it means the local press get to quiz players and management about the forthcoming games. The follow-up articles generally contain a lot of decent material, with genuine quotes rather than the rumours of ‘double transfer swoops’ that occupy so much more of the rest of their space during the week.

So fairplay to West London’s premier journalist Tom Moore who, ahead of the Preston game, has put together his own list of the latest injury news after quizzing Marinus. In an article that I am sure most Brentford fans have already seen, our head coach admits he’s struggling with the bench whilst the aforementioned Colin suffered a blow in training.

The update from Marinus being that, “He just blocked a ball with his knee. It’s possible he could play but it’ll depend how he wakes up”.

Meanwhile, Jota will be out for another three – four weeks minimum, Sam Saunders isn’t even training with the squad (for fitness reasons, nothing personal) whilst James Tarkowski has a calf problem although is hoped to be back next week.

Jota won't be rushing into action any time soon

Jota won’t be rushing into action any time soon

On the plus side, reports around Josh McEachran and Lewis Macleod both sound a lot more positive whilst Nico Yennaris is fit. Repeat. Nico IS fit.

This news was slightly tempered by Marinus not being drawn on whether the player would be in the squad, but that’s a different kettle of fish altogether.

Brentford fan and author Luis Adriano (whose football based psychological thriller ‘Penalties’ is currently available) gets the award for ‘tweet of the week’. Whilst Tom Moore’s article provides a great overview of the current scenario, Luis nails it in less than the obligatory 140 characters allowed by twitter, with this observation:

Top tweeting from Luis Adriano

Top tweeting from Luis Adriano

I can’t help but admire the brave face being put on things by Marinus, given he is having every plan ruined by factors well outside of his control. By all accounts the first XI gave an admirable showing against Middlesbrough but the squad is getting thinner and thinner. Any coach can legislate for a few absences, but to have a dozen key players missing for an assortment of injury related reasons would spanner anybody.

Equally, one does have to wonder how much of this is bad luck and whether any is of our own making? Whilst one would sincerely hope the former, it is somewhat frustrating that Macleod, McEachran, and Colin have all been taken out against our own players (or twigs, in the case of the former). And that’s just who we know about for sure.

On Tuesday night at Middlesbrough we could only name six substitutes instead of the permitted 7(seven). And that included two goalkeepers. Now Maxime may be out, too. It’s getting to the point we may just have to stick our players in the deep freeze for a week and then begin the defrosting process on a Friday night. How else could we keep them from further harm before the next big game?

Of course, this will never happen. Cryogenic technology has not yet advanced sufficiently to allow the reanimation process to have even been successfully tested on lab rats. Indeed, it is not thought that scientists will be ready to attempt such a procedure until 2045.

Hopefully even Lewis Macleod will be fit by then.

Nick Bruzon

6 Responses to “Is there anybody left to pick for the Preston game?”

  1. Lanesra September 19, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    So nico is fit yet the manager decides to play with 2 goalkeepers on bench v Boro
    He has tried everyone else, why not give him a chance or are they afraid he will outshine the rubbish we have invested in.

    • nickbruzon September 19, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      I have to say, it did seem an odd comment for Marinus to make. Unless, of course, he is doing the ultimate double bluff in regards to the injury scenario

    • Hobbo September 19, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      They may be rubbish in your eyes pal but they are far better than some of the rubbish i have had to put up with over the last fifty years. Its only six games in for gods sake give them a chance.

  2. Gordonbankole September 19, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    Marinus has been dealt a quite diabolical hand and I’m glad he’s come out and explained the injury situation, which helps to make doom and gloom merchants like me (in the eyes of the poster above) a bit more understanding about the whole thing.

    However you do have to question the point of signing Ryan Williams from Morecambe reserves when we don’t even use him when we’re totally desperate like we were on Tuesday night. Equally, if Yennaris was not able to make the bench, would it not just be more sensible to cut our losses and loan him out somewhere?

  3. michael ohl September 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Great response Hobbo.

    The lack of perspective from some of the comments I’ve seen and heard really does astound me. My first Beees game was 52 years ago, and it has taken till now to see the Bees for a consecutive season in what I used to know as the Second Division.

    After last season, expectations for this season were completely unrealistic, and a period of consolidation is what I think we need. Today’s game was very encouraging. And we saw some nice football played.

  4. Gordonbankole September 20, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Expectation from who exactly? The club, the fans or both? In the case of the club, and I might be mistaken here, I thought they were aiming for something more than just consolidation.

    Personally, as a doom and gloom merchant in the eyes of some, I’ve got no problem with consolidation given the start to the season we’ve had with injuries galore etc., but what I don’t want is relegation. Early doors maybe, but there have been some worrying signs like the number of goals we’ve conceded despite Button playing out of his skin. Above everything else, that is the one thing which has to improve. Conceding two goals a game is going to put us at the wrong end of the table all day long.

    On the other hand, we’ve seen a few things to reassure recently with the increased goal threat from various sources. At least the players on yesterday’s showing now have the confidence to play a bit of football after Pitchgate, which was surely the biggest farce of the summer.

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