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Brentford team news: Duo ruled out of Fulham clash, key man may return

Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford and Fulham will face off against each other in the West London derby at Craven Cottage on Friday, with the visitors hoping to progress their top-six ambitions.

The game was scheduled to go ahead at the time of writing, despite the ongoing concerns around the Coronavirus.

Brentford will fancy their chances of recording the league double against Fulham for the first time since the 2014/15 season after winning the reverse fixture 1-0 at Griffin Park in December through a goal from Bryan Mbeumo.

Bees captain and defender Pontus Jansson is in training and closing in on a return to first-team action after missing the last two months due to a hip injury, according to BBC Sport.  

The report added that Brentford midfielder Mathias Jensen and South African international Kamo Mokotjo remain out of action due to a hamstring and knee injury respectively.

Sergi Canos has however returned to training after making progress in his recovery from a knee injury.

Brentford might face a tough challenge to beat Scott Parker’s side this time around.

The Cottagers are on a four-match unbeaten run and will be fired up to win themselves as they are six points adrift of second place West Bromwich Albion, who occupy the second and final automatic promotion position.

The Bees form has dropped during recent weeks as they have won just one out of their previous six games.

However, they can take inspiration from the fact that they have a good away record against Fulham.

The one player from Parker’s side whom Brentford need to contain is striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serb is the top scorer in the Championship this season with 23 goals.

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