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Brentford's Mikkel Damsgaard is NOT fit enough to start against Man United, reveals Thomas Frank

Brentford’s new midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard is NOT fit enough to start against Man United, Thomas Frank reveals…

  • Mikkel Damsgaard recently joined Brentford in a deal worth £11.8m
  • The Danish midfielder will not start against Manchester United this weekend
  • Bee manager Thomas Frank is concerned about his lack of fitness
  • The 22-year-old could still make his Premier League debut from the bench

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Thomas Frank admitted that new signing Mikkel Damsgaard will not be fit enough to start for Brentford against Manchester United on Saturday.

The 22-year-old is expected to be included in the substitutes and could be lining up for a debut from the bench.

“He hasn’t played or trained with the team in the last ten days,” said Frank.

Brentford's new signing Mikkel Damsgaard will not start against Manchester United

Brentford’s new signing Mikkel Damsgaard will not start against Manchester United

“That doesn’t mean he can’t play 10, 15 or 20 minutes at a good level for this match. He’s not ready to start. He had an absolutely perfect inspection and had nothing to worry about.’

The Bees enter the game after a comeback with a 2-2 draw at Leicester, where they fought back from two goals behind to secure the point. Frank, however, does not believe there is a good time to play United.

He said, ‘I don’t think there’s an ideal time. In general, I don’t believe in whether it’s a perfect situation to play them in or a bad situation to play them in.

Thomas Frank is concerned about the midfielder's condition as he hasn't trained much

Thomas Frank is concerned about the midfielder's condition as he hasn't trained much

Thomas Frank is concerned about the midfielder’s condition as he hasn’t trained much

“But one thing is for sure, they have a new manager, a brilliant manager, I think he’s done a fantastic job in his previous jobs, so they’re very interested in doing everything they can to make it a success with the players.

“They lost the first game, so when you’ve lost a game, the most common reaction is to really want to get better and do it right. So it will be very difficult tomorrow.

Christian Eriksen spent half of last season at Brentford after being unable to play in Italy due to the implantable defibrillator fitted after his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

The Denmark international helped Brentford to safety in the Premier League before moving to Old Trafford this summer, and Frank is looking forward to a reunion.

The clash will be the first time Christian Eriksen will face his former side after joining United

The clash will be the first time Christian Eriksen will face his former side after joining United

The clash will be the first time Christian Eriksen will face his former side after joining United

“Looking forward to seeing him again,” Frank said. “I’m looking forward to giving him a hug and asking him how his family is doing, then I’m looking forward to fighting him on the pitch and hopefully we’ll have three points after that and he’ll have zero, but we will see.

“I think you could definitely see it in the last game with his qualities – I know he was used in two different positions during the game.

“Obviously his quality on the ball is critical and we know we can’t give him too much time because he can see the ball between the lines, see the ball behind it and have the quality to make him play in front of every player on a string.”


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