Brentford’s survival hopes have been dealt a huge blow after goalkeeper David Raya was ruled out for five months with a knee injury.
The Spaniard was hurt in a collision with Leicester City forward Ayoze Perez during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against the Foxes.
The goalkeeper was able to finish the game as James Maddison scored a late winner at the Brentford Community Stadium but the club have now confirmed he will be out of action for a while.
In a statement released by the club on Tuesday evening, the club confirmed the 26-year-old suffered the injury as he rushed at the feet of Perez late on to make a save.
The club’s head of medical Neil Greig said of the injury;
“David has unfortunately sustained an injury to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee. 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.”
Raya had been enjoying a fine start to the campaign, conceding just nine goals in the first nine games of the season as a newly promoted side as Brentford earned three wins and three draws from those games. He kept three clean sheets also.
Brentford currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League in their first season in England’s top flight.