Thomas Frank claims Brentford number one in Premier League for containing Covid


Brentford boss Thomas Frank claims his club are “possibly number one in the Premier League” to protect themselves against Covid-19.

Tottenham have confirmed that eight players and five staff have tested positive as they prepare for their Europa League game against Rennes on Thursday night.

Frank was without striker Ivan Toney due to coronavirus for Sunday’s Premier League draw at Leeds, while Mads Bech Sorensen is back in contention for Friday’s home game against Watford after being recently tested positive.

“I don’t think there is much you can do to be fair,” Frank said. “Of course, we take all our precautions.

“I’m pretty sure from what I’m listening to, around the different clubs, maybe we’re number one in the Premier League in terms of trying to avoid Covid.

“It’s not the same that we can’t have a case like you just saw with Ivan, but we’re definitely doing what we can.”

“We know it can come from anywhere, but from that perspective, we are doing a lot of good things, and then if you have a positive case, you have to respond.”

Frank does not expect a major disruption to the devices following the growing number of cases of the Omicron variant.

He said: “Not another stoppage of the season, or another lockdown, no. I think the UK and other countries around the world are better prepared this time around and we are in a better place.

“It is a reality. We have to face it and behave accordingly and that is what we will do. We will be ready by Friday.

Brentford, 13th in the table, have won just one of their last eight Premier League games after an impressive start to the top-flight for 74 years.

They were denied the three points at Leeds on Sunday by the equalizer of stoppage time from Patrick Bamford and will look to earn a seven point lead over Claudio Ranieri’s Watford with a fifth league win of the season.

When asked to rate life in the Premier League so far, Frank said: “Good fun!

“We appreciate it. We take advantage of every day. Of course we know we’re the new boys in town and we love to do what we can to be an asset to the Premier League.

“We take advantage of it and we want to try to improve ourselves every day. “

The Bees will be without Toney for a second game in a row and suspended Sergi Canos, who scored one and assisted another at Leeds.

Finland striker Marcus Forss could make his second Premier League start in their absence and Frank has confirmed that all other players named to Sunday’s squad, as well as Danish defender Sorensen, are available.


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