Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva now looks certain to miss the Championship play-offs after a slow recovery from hip surgery.

The 22-year-old has not featured for the Bees since the end of February. There were feint hopes of a speedy comeback amid gradual improvement in his conditioning but manager Thomas Frank has confirmed that he will miss out.

Rico Henry and Henrik Dalsgaard are also on the injury list, but Frank has given fans hope, saying: “Josh is a long one. Josh is out for the (whole) season. (Henry and Dalsgaard) are better. I think that it’s unlikely that they’ll be ready for the regular season. Then we need to see in terms of how they are in terms of the play-offs.”

The return of their full-backs would certainly be a welcome boost, but Dasilva’s absence will undoubtedly be felt when the play-offs commence on 17th May.

The Arsenal youth product has been a stellar performer for Frank’s side, netting 17 goals in 82 appearances over the past two seasons.

After a poor run of just one win in their last seven Championship games, Brentford have slipped away from their automatic promotion push. Sitting fifth in the table, they are almost certainly too far back from Watford in second and out of reach of Reading in 7th, so another play-off campaign lies in wait.

Without a key man in the middle, Brentford will need to find an extra gear if they are to surpass the pending mental battle. The West London outfit will still be reeling from their 2-1 play-off final loss to Fulham last campaign, while the prospect of another selling summer adds extra urgency to success this time round.

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