Brentford’s injury concerns received a boost on Tuesday as John Egan, Lasse Vibe and Lewis Macleod all featured for Brentford B.
The injured trio of John Egan, Lasse Vibe and Lewis Macleod all started as Brentford B were held to a 0-0 draw with Exeter City’s reserves on Tuesday.
Captain John Egan has been sidelined since the bees ran out 3-0 victors away at Bolton in September. The centre-back was forced off after sixteen minutes with a head injury, after a collision with Wanderers midfielder Jem Karacan.
The Irishman had an oppurtunity to open the scoring late in the first half, getting on the end of an Ilias Chatzithedoridis cross, but he was unable to find the back of the net.
Forward Lasse Vibe returned after seven weeks out, after sustaining a foot injury during the bees’ defeat at Portman Road. Vibe had replaced Neal Maupay and had only been on the pitch for twelve minutes before he was forced off.
The return of last season’s top scorer will be a huge boost for Dean Smith’s side as their inability to convert possession into goals has proved costly this season. The Dane netted seventeen times, in all competitions, last season, becoming the focal point of Brentford’s attack after Scott Hogan’s departure to Aston Villa in January.
Lewis Macleod’s has suffered an injury-plagued Brentford career since arriving from Ibrox in January 2015. Owing to a succession of injuries, the midfielder had to wait thirteen months – during which three different managers exited from Griffin Park – before finally making his debut. A ligament injury picked up in training later that month meant he would not feature again that season.
Macleod made twelve appearances at the start of the 2016/17 season but, after suffering a knee injury away at QPR in October 2016, the Scotsman has been out for just under a year.