CHARLIE MACDONALD reckons Brentford have enough firepower left in their locker to sew up promotion in his absence.
The striker could miss the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder, ironically in injury time, during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Gillingham.
The striker was not due to see a specialist for a scan until today, after the Chronicle had gone to press.
However, if his worst fears are realised, MacDonald still believes the goals will flow from his fellow strikers in the final League Two promotion push.
He said: "I'm confident the lads we have can finish the job we started. We have had Billy Clarke and Damian Spencer come in, and Marvin Williams can play up front too.
"Then there is Sam Williams, who I haven't played with enough to forge a proper partnership, but he has shown he knows where the net is.
"Billy has looked quality in training and is a very tidy player, while Damian is of a similar build
'and size to Nathan Elder, which we have really missed since Nathan has been out, and will allow us to switch to a more direct game if needed."
MacDonald reckons boss Andy Scott must have run over a few black cats on the way to training, given the amount of injuries to his strikers in recent weeks.
Jordan Rhodes and Nathan Elder last month were both ruled out for the season, and it will come as a pleasant surprise if MacDonald doesn't follow suit.
He said: "With three of us getting serious injuries in the last four weeks, I don't think the injury gods are smiling on us at the moment.
"But then, we have been quite fortunate with injuries for most of the season.
"They all seem to be coming at once."
The irony is, it was a nothing challenge by Gillingham's Simon King which led to the injury.
But MacDonald does not blame the Gills man for his misfortune.
He added: "I just remember playing the ball off him for a throw-in, and he swept my standing leg.
"I hit the ground on my forearm, and all the pressure went up through my elbow and to my shoulder.
"I could feel straight away some-thing was wrong and the bone was not where it should be.
"But it was not a malicious challenge, so I don't hold a grudge."
Brentford visit Bradford City, who have not won in five games, drawing one and losing four, on Saturday.