Brentford manager Thomas Frank is worried but hopeful about the knee injury that saw Ivan Toney stretchered off late in their 2-0 win over West Ham United on Friday.
Toney, who has been in the news after being charged with 262 breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, scored the opening goal and got the assist for the other before being stretchered off in the 90th minute after landing awkwardly on his right knee.
The England forward appeared in significant pain, which Frank said was “worrying” but needing further assessment.
“Hopefully he’s okay,” Frank told SkySports. “I’m happy for the three points and another goal to add to his tally.
“I don’t know exactly how he will be against Liverpool in three days’ time, it’s unlikely he’s subbed off because of a knock or something.
“So, of course, that’s a little bit worrying, but I’ve been in the game long enough that we need to assess him in the next two days.
“It could be nothing, it could be a little bit worse. It’s never a good sign, but we don’t know anything about it. It’s his knee.”
Toney, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, has netted 12 league goals this season, behind only Erling Haaland (20) and Harry Kane (13).
After the game, Toney tweeted about the injury: “Hopefully not too bad and be back out there in no time.”
Big win Goal assist and 3 points. Good way to finish the year.
Hopefully not too bad and be back out there in no time @BrentfordFC
— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) December 30, 2022