Brentford V Newcastle at Griffin Park : Match Preview

12 January 2017 04:34
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Brentford to decide on Scott Hogan's mental state ahead of Newcastle clash

Brentford striker Scott Hogan is physically fit to face Newcastle but boss Dean Smith will decide whether he is mentally ready.

Hogan has recovered from the glute injury which kept him out of the FA Cup win over Eastleigh last week, but he remains the subject of intense speculation as a transfer target for West Ham.

Defender Andreas Bjelland is still a doubt with an ankle knock.

Rico Henry (shoulder), Lewis Macleod (knee) and Alan Judge (leg) remain sidelined for the Bees.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will once again be without midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as he completes his five-match suspension.

The former Liverpool and Swansea man has been missing since the 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win at Birmingham after being found guilty of a Football Association misconduct charge.

He will be joined on the sidelines by striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who suffered a nasty gash to his knee during last Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Birmingham, while defender Chancel Mbemba and midfielders Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu are away on African Nations Cup duty.

However, midfielder Sammy Ameobi is available after returning from his loan spell at Bolton, although Benitez is likely to revert to his big guns after handing Matz Sels, Achraf Lazaar, Grant Hanley, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Daryl Murphy and Mitrovic rare starts at St Andrew's.

Source: PAR