Adam Forshaw is expected to miss Brentford's clash against Charlton on Saturday as speculation about his future rumbles on.
The Bees star has been the subject of two failed bids from Championship rivals Wigan Athletic and has been kept away from the club's training base while he mulls over his future.
Brentford have made it clear Forshaw won't be sold on the cheap, but the Latics are yet to come back with an improved offer for the 22-year-old, who is also attracting the attention of other clubs.
Summer signing Scott Hogan will also sit out as he receives treatment for an ankle knock, while Sam Saunders faces a spell on the sidelines after a recurrence of the knee problem that kept him out earlier this year.
But boss Mark Warburton does welcome back Spurs loanee Alex Pritchard into the fold after recovering from the knock that kept him out of last weekend's pre-season friendly win against Crystal Palace.
“The boys are ready. All the work they have done over the past five or six weeks will hopefully result in a good performance on Saturday," said the Griffin Park chief.
“If you’re not excited you shouldn’t be in this game – supporters, players and everyone else. It’s a long season and a big challenge for us. You have to relish that and I hope we do ourselves justice.
"There are some good players in the dressing room and they are a much better side than people give them credit for.
"They always underestimate the teams that get promoted and hopefully that will be one of our biggest weapons."