With Brentford’s slow start to the season continuing last weekend against Nottingham Forest, the last thing they will have needed was a huge injury blow.
Unfortunately, that is what they got.
The club revealed on Thursday that, after suffering a knock late on against the Reds, Sergi Canos was now set for a ‘significant period’ on the sidelines.
Over a spell of four years with the club, Canos has made 149 appearances, scoring 23 goals in that time and becoming an integral member of the side.
It is the last thing that Thomas Frank will have wanted to hear with his side currently sat in 17th with 11 matches played.
After the international break they welcome strugglers Millwall to Griffin Park in a match that they will feel they should be winning.
However, there is one player who will be sensing a real opportunity out of this heartbreak.
Signed from Troyes AC in the summer for an undisclosed fee, Bryan Mbeumo arrived as another talent the club had plucked from the French leagues. The next Neal Maupay or Said Benrahma, if you will.
But at 20, and with a host of attacking talent already in the side, it was always unlikely that he would become a first-team regular in his first campaign.
However, fortune appears to be smiling on him far more than it is his teammate Canos.
Mbeumo remains very much the first-choice back-up for the Bees when it comes to wingers, making eight appearances already this season.
He has even scored and registered an assist too so it is rather likely that he will be hungry to increase those tallies as soon as he can as well.
The other option that Frank has at his disposal would be to introduce striker Niko Karelis and push Ollie Watkins back out wide, into the role he filled throughout last season.
But with seven goals to his name already, I think it is unlikely that Frank will want to move Watkins.
So Mbeumo’s time seems to have very much come. He now looks set to have a free run in the squad for the remainder of the season and he will surely be relishing the opportunity.