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Brentford’s Henry faces long spell out with knee injury

Published on September 20, 2023
Written by Chris

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Brentford's Henry faces long spell out with knee injury
  • Henry injures knee  after falling awkwardly at St James’ Park
  • Long spell on sidelines predicted as surgery is required
  • Defender has previously missed 14 months with ACL injury

Brentford have been dealt a significant blow as left-back Rico Henry is set to be sidelined for an extended period due to a knee injury suffered against Newcastle United.

The 26-year-old defender  will need to undergo surgery following his premature exit from the match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. The incident occurred just before half-time when Henry fell awkwardly while contesting possession with Newcastle’s captain, Kieran Trippier in the Premier League clash at St James’ Park.

Neil Greig, the medical chief for Brentford, confirmed the extent of Henry’s injury, stating, 

“Rico will require surgery in the next week or so and, unfortunately, a prolonged period of recovery,

“While this is disappointing, Rico has been through a similar experience in the past and is already focused on using this as an opportunity to become fitter and stronger than before.

“We will support him fully throughout this process.”

Henry previously suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee against Middlesbrough in September 2017 which led to him missing over a year.

Betting Implications

Henry is an important player for Brentford, whether they set up with a back four, or whether they play three central defenders with wing-backs. Henry gives the team width on the left and is an important component of the team in attack and defence. At Newcastle, Brentford boss Thomas Frank switched Aaron Hickey across to the left and brought on Mads Roeslev on the right. Bettors will need to look at how Frank replaces Henry and the effect it will have on Brentford’s performances.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise