Brentford midfielder Lewis McLeod says that he needs to regain his sharpness before he can even think about returning to action for the first team.

The 23-year-old suffered a serious knee injury against QPR 12 months ago, and said it was great to finally get back into the swing of things.

Speaking to iFollow Brentford, he said: "The last six or seven months have been very tough but it was good to get back out on the pitch today.

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“When you realise you’re going to be out for that length of time you have to get your head around it and dedicate yourself to getting back to fitness.

“The medical team have been brilliant with me. They’ve had some experience with long-term injuries over the last few years so they know what they’re doing; thanks to them for getting me back out on the pitch, hopefully I can stay there for while now.

“My main focus was to get through the game without any problems and I did that.

"I’ll need quite a few B team games to regain sharpness, whether that be two, three or four I don’t know. Hopefully by the end of that run I’ll be ready for a return to the first team squad”.