Brentford handed fitness boost ahead of Newcastle United clash with Ivan Toney set for injury return to face his former side


The very first conference between Newcastle and Brentford this period ended with both equally sides using a issue from a 6-intention thriller.

Newcastle, below the watchful eye of Jason Tindall after Eddie Howe’s good Covid-19 take a look at, took the guide just ten minutes in by way of captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Nonetheless, a moment later the scores have been degree, courtesy of previous United player Ivan Toney.

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Ivan Toney could return to action for Brentford against Newcastle United (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Photographs)

All the pre-match chat experienced surrounded regardless of whether or not Toney would occur back again to haunt his outdated facet and he did just that with a effective display at St James’s Park.

Talking put up-match in November, Toney admitted that despite currently being marketed by Newcastle, the club still held a location in his heart:

“It meant a good deal [to score] but there is no really hard thoughts against the club, they even now keep a place in my coronary heart and I wish them all the ideal in the course of the season.”

Following that clash in November, Brentford ended up seven details and five locations previously mentioned Newcastle – that gap is down to just two details and could be flipped on its head with a victory for Howe’s side on Saturday.

This slump in kind also coincided with a slump in-front of aim for Toney who has netted just three moments due to the fact that clash.

Injury difficulties have hampered the striker just lately and the Bees have been with no their talisman because the 22nd January and have scored just after in his absence.

So, will Toney be ready to haunt his outdated side when once more on Saturday? Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes it is a ‘realistic’ intention:

“I would say we realized it was really tricky to have him again for this activity.” Frank informed the BBC immediately after his side’s defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

“I would say it is a lot additional sensible that he will be component of the crew [to face Newcastle] on Saturday.”

A source of comfort and ease for Newcastle admirers could arrive by the reality that a Dan Burn off-inspired Brighton side held Toney quiet when the sides met on Boxing Working day, whilst a resurgent Magpies defence can also boast the joint-finest Premier League defensive report so far in 2022, owning conceded just a few instances.

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