- 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.
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.