MARCUS Bean looks set to join Ryan Dickson in missing the rest of Brentford's season.
The midfielder limped off with a hamstring injury during Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Southend, and looks likely to be a long-term absentee.
However, the news is better for Karleigh Osborne and Wojciech Szczesny , who both also picked up knocks at Roots Hall.
On-loan keeper Szczesny was stretchered off with an ankle injury, which is not believed to be as bad as it looked, and the Bees hope to get the green light for him to travel to Bristol Rovers off parent club Arsenal today.
Osborne should also be fit for Saturday's trip to Bristol after being subbed at half-time with a dead leg at Southend.
Deployed at right-back in recent games, Osborne could return at centre-back as Pim Balkestein , who soldiered on injured at Roots Hall as Brentford had used all their subs, is struggling with his groin injury.
Meanwhile, Mark Phillips was set to return to training this week, while Kevin O'Connor is having the stitches removed from his gashed ankle, but neither will be fit to face Rovers.
Brentford go into the game on the back on an eight-match unbeaten run and are five points in the League One table behind Rovers, who have lost three out of four games this month, including a 5-1 home hammering by Southampton on Tuesday.
However, you have to go all the way back to October 1994 for Brentford's last win over Rovers - a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Nicky Forster (2) and Robert Taylor.
The last 12 meetings have seen five draws and seven wins for Rovers, including a 3-1 victory at Griffin Park back in September.