Why Ethan Pinnock is absent for Brentford vs Watford


An explanation for the absence of defender Ethan Pinnock from Brentford’s squad to face Watford this evening has been provided online.

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Thomas Frank’s side are of course set to return to action shortly.

In the first of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, the Bees have welcomed relegation-battling Watford to London, eyeing a return to winning ways.

Brentford have managed just a solitary victory across the club’s last eight league outings, two weeks ago versus Everton.

Such a concerning stretch of form has seen the capital outfit, on the back of a stellar opening to the campaign, slip to a lowly 13th in the English top-flight table.

Why Ethan Pinnock is absent for Brentford vs Watford

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford reacts during the Premier League match between Brentford and Leicester City at Brentford Community Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Pinnock’s Covid diagnosis

As alluded to above, however, Brentford’s efforts to get things back on track courtesy of a three-point haul this evening have, ahead of kick-off, been dealt something of a blow.

This comes in the form of the absence of star defender Ethan Pinnock from the club’s matchday squad:

Concern, in turn, quickly spread amongst the Bees’ fanbase, with an explanation for Pinnock missing out on Friday, initially, having not been provided.

Amid an already worrying situation at the club, key goalscorer Ivan Toney is also sidelined at present, owing to a bout of Covid-19.

And, as confirmed by Premier League expert Ben Dinnery a short time ago, the same can now be said of Pinnock.

The stopper faces a spell in self isolation over the coming week, after too returning a positive Covid test over the last couple of days:


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 15 23 35
2 Liverpool FC 15 32 34
3 Chelsea FC 15 26 33
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
6 Manchester United 15 1 24
7 Arsenal FC 15 -4 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Aston Villa 15 -3 19
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Everton FC 15 -6 18
13 Brentford FC 15 -2 17
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 15 -7 16
16 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 15 -23 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5


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