Brentford striker Will Grigg insists he’s champing at the bit to face Carlisle on Saturday if he gets the nod from boss Mark Warburton.
Marcello Trotta was initially expected to be away on international duty, but with Italy’s U21s not playing until Wednesday, Warburton expects Trotta to be available.
Grigg, who has endured a frustrating start to his Bees career following his £325,000 move from Walsall in the summer, has not given up on getting a chance at Brunton Park.
The Northern Irish international, who has managed five goals in just 12 league starts and 13 substitute appearances, staked his claim with a goal for the reserves in midweek.
He said: “It’s has been frustrating not playing. The team has been doing well, so I can’t really argue. It’s nice to come off the bench, but I want to be starting games.
“It’s difficult to get into the flow when you come on. When you train hard all week then don’t play, it’s difficult. The last two games I played up top I felt I did well.
“I haven’t become a bad striker overnight. I’ve been training well, I’m confident and keep believing. If I get a run of games, I think I will always score goals.”
Brentford suffered their first defeat in 20 games last weekend as Wolves won 3-0 at Griffin Park to leapfrog Warburton’s men in the table.
However, Grigg insists the defeat was just a blip, and has backed the Bees to respond against Carlisle.
He added: “Of course we were disappointed at the weekend, but it was our first loss in 20. Hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes. There are 15 games left and we need to carry on doing things right.”