DAMIAN SPENCER could be back in action as soon as Saturday’s home game with Accrington Stanley.
Brentford fans feared they had seen the last of their striker, who only joined from Cheltenham last month, when he left the pitch on a stretcher against Exeter last Saturday.
Rumours surfaced of possible ligament damage, and Spencer himself admits he feared he had joined the ever-growing list of injured strikers at Griffin Park, which has already put paid to Nathan Elder, Charlie MacDonald and Jordan Rhodes’s seasons.
But he said: "A lot of it was swelling as I had got an initial kick in the ankle, then another, and I had to leaved the pitch because of the blood.
"But I’ve had an x-ray, which gave the all-clear. It’s just bruising, and hopefully the swelling will go down this week.
"I thought myself when I went off on a stretcher that I had joined the strikers’ curse, but I should be okay for Saturday.
"I could even have made the Bournemouth game, but the ankle still felt a little uncomfortable."
Not so lucky is defender Brett Johnson, who could miss the rest of the season after a freak accident at home.
The 23-year-old busted his collar bone last week after falling down the stairs.
And the lifelong Bees fan, whose contract runs out in the summer, admits he isn’t likely to feature again in their League Two promotion bid.
He said: "I was coming down the stairs on Thursday night and slipped. As I fell I landed on my shoulder, and it moved my collar bone out of position. It’s going to keep me out for three to four weeks.
"You fall every day at football and you’re fine. Then you fall and do something like that and it’s just embarrassing.
"I’ve been told that 90 per cent of accidents happen at home, and now I’m one of those statistics.
"I’d love to get back before the end of the season if I could, but I’m not 100% sure. At the moment it’s pretty painful."