Brentford have been handed a massive boost on the injury front following the news that first choice goalkeeper David Raya is ready to return to the team. The Spanish shot stopper missed some months due to a serious knee injury andhas now returned to full fitness weeks ahead of schedule.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank confirmed the availability of Raya for the Everton game in the FA Cup fourth round after a lengthy injury layoff due to the abovementioned knee injury. The ex-Danish u-17 head coach made the confirmation during his pre-match press conference for the Everton game. According to him, Raya played 65 minutesagainst Aston Villa on Tuesday and he will have to speak with his staff to decide his status for the FA Cup fourth round tie billed for Goodison Park. The Spanish goalkeeper might start the game in the XI or on the bench.
On the availability of new signing Christian Eriksen, the Brentford boss said that he can’t say when his compatriot will make a return to competitive football. The Dane returned to the Premier League at the start of this week after joining the Bees on a six-month deal with the option of another year. Eriksen is hoping to play football at the highest level once again after he survived a cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 tournament last year. He was unveiled as a new Brentford signing on Monday.
In addition to Eriksen, Brentford would be without four first-team players for the Everton game in the FA Cup. The unfit players are Josh da Silva, TariqueFosu, Julian Jeanvier, and Mathias Jorgensen.