Brentford suffer David Raya hammer blow and must call on record-breaking deputy

The Premier League new boys have made an impressive start to life in the top flight following promotion from the Championship, but now must do without their first-choice goalkeeper through injury until March

Brentford keeper David Raya has impressed since promotion

Brentford have been hit by a hammer blow with David Raya set to be out until March due to injury.

The 26-year-old has starred for Thomas Frank’s side on their Premier League debut following promotion from the Championship.

But Raya suffered a knee injury during a collision with Leicester’s Ayoze Perez during the Bees’ 2-1 defeat to the Foxes on Sunday.

The incident occurred late in the game and an in-pain Raya was able to finish the fixture.

However, dejected he left the field with his shirt over his head and scans on his knee duly showed he had suffered an injury to his PCL, which is set to keep him sidelined until into 2022.

David Raya will be sidelined until 2022


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“David has unfortunately sustained an injury to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee,” revealed the club’s head of medical, Neil Greig. “The issue will require a prolonged period of time to heal and for David to then regain function and strength around the joint.

“Positively, this type of injury usually heals well without the need for surgery. David has already begun using a brace specifically designed to aid this process.

“We anticipate the recovery period for an injury like this to be somewhere between four and five months, which will enable David to be back to his previous high levels well before the end of the season.”

Spaniard Raya, who has over 100 appearances for the west London club, is one of the key men in Frank’s dressing room and his extended absence is a bitter pill for the Premier League new boys to swallow after an impressive start to life in the top flight.

Another Spaniard, on loan Alvaro Fernandez, is set to deputise for Raya in the coming months, having joined from Huesca in August.

Interestingly, at a time when there have been calls for Raya to receive international recognition, Fernandez actually made his senior Spain debut on June 8 this year, becoming the first Huesca player in history to represent La Roja.

How Fernandez performs in the coming months, starting in the EFL Cup last 16 tie at Stoke on Wednesday night, will decide whether the Bees seek to add to their goalkeeping ranks in January.

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