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Brentford’s Ivan Toney tests positive for Covid and will miss at least two games


Ivan Toney is Brentford’s chief goal threat this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has tested positive for Covid and been forced out of the Premier League clash with Leeds United on Sunday as a result.

The 25-year-old has not been able to make the trip to Elland Road and will also be out when the Bees host Watford on Friday night.

The next game for the London side comes on Tuesday 14 December when they host Manchester United and the club has not confirmed whether the striker will be back in time for that one or not.

It may be that the former Newcastle United forward will have to wait until the trip to Southampton on 18 December to be back in the starting XI.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank was trying not to think too much about the situation on Sunday, instead focusing on the task in hand against Leeds.

‘I’m trying to look at it this way,’ he said. ‘I can’t use time on him because he’s not here so I’m using my time on the twenty other players especially the eleven starters.’

Toney is a key player for the Bees and their top league scorer so far this season with four Premier League goals, two more than any of his teammates.

He was also integral in the club’s promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring an incredible 33 Championship goals in 48 games as Brentford came up thorugh the play-offs.

Sergi Canos has been pushed forward from midfield to play alongside Bryan Mbeumo for the Bees at Leeds.


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