Brentford have been given a massive boost after defender Jake Bidwell returned to training this week.
The former Everton full-back hasn't featured since suffering a serious ankle injury in the 1-1 draw at Gillingham in August.
However, Bidwell is on the road to recovery and joined in with his team-mates at Jersey Road yesterday.
“Jake's ahead of schedule,” said Bees boss Uwe Rosler.
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“He trained with the team yesterday. It was a light session, with not much contact.
“His fitness isn't a problem, but he probably needs a development game under his belt.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Douglas is closing in on a return to first-team action after playing 65 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Crawley Town this week.
The Irishman missed the entire pre-season and the first two two months of the campaign after having knee surgery in the summer.
“Dougie played 65 minutes in a friendly this week and came through it unscathed,” said Rosler.
“He grew in confidence as the game wore on in terms of tackles and duals.
“We have a clear plan when to introduce him to first-team action, but he's not far off.”