Thomas Frank believes it’s realistic that Ivan Toney will return from injury to face Arsenal next weekend, following a recent absence.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With six Premier League goals this season and eight in all competitions, Ivan Toney is Brentford’s top scorer since their promotion to the top flight.

But after scoring in his last three games against Manchester United, Wolves, and Everton, Toney picked up a calf injury ruling him out of clashes with Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Next up, Brentford face Arsenal, and manager Thomas Frank revealed that they’re hoping to have the striker back – although it’s not certain just yet.

“We hope he will be (available),” Frank said. “He’ll be assessed during the week and we’ll do everything we can to get him available.

“It’s not like we can say he will 100% be fit, but it’s something we are hoping for and think that could be realistic. But it depends on how he is progressing during this week.”

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Brentford v Arsenal – Premier League – Arsenal manager – Mikel Arteta and Brentford manager Thomas Frank shake hands prior to kick-off during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford. Copyright: Daniel Hambury

Brentford certainly need Toney back, given he’s scored all three of their goals in their last six games in all competitions.

The return of the 25-year-old against Arsenal might also add a little spice to the contest. Toney was quite outspoken about Arsenal’s lack of quality in the early stages of the season, following Brentford’s win over the Gunners.

“You see Arsenal at the moment and they’re not the best,” Toney said. “I just didn’t see them how they used to be. You used to look at Arsenal and think [they were] crazy and they were going to win this game, win this game.

“These days, I don’t see them winning nothing any time soon.”

Toney then got in trouble with his own fans when a video emerged of him saying “f*** Brentford” whilst partying on holiday in January. But they’re quick to forgive when he’s the only one scoring their goals.

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