Glenn Poole is likely to remain frozen out of the starting line-up as long as the Bees' unbeaten run continues, Andy Scott has told the Ealing Gazette.
The 27-year-old winger has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks and with the team doing quite nicely without him - they are unbeaten in seven league Two fixtures -he may have to show a little patience.
"Glenn Poole's been on the bench and has remained involved with the squad," Scott said. "But we're seven games unbeaten, so it's a little bit difficult to expect someone to come in and play when the rest of the team's doing so well."
Poole's loss of favour is a surprise given that he top-scored with 14 goals last term in only his first full season of league football and has seven already this term.
But he has not played since the home win over Bradford City in mid-December.
In other news, Damian Scannell (Southend) and Eric Odhiambo (Leicester City) have gone back to their respective clubs following the completion of their loan spells.
"They came in to cover positions that needed covering during the busy December and Christmas period, but we felt that with the squad we have, it wouldn't be worth renewing their loans," said the Brentford boss. "We will probably look to get others in on loan, depending on circumstances and what positions we need. I want to strengthen the squad."
Striker Moses Ademola has had his loan at Welling extended until January 31.