RICHARD Lee reckons it will be the start of next season before he sees any action in a Brentford shirt again.
The Bees keeper currently has one arm in a sling after recently going under the knife, bringing to a premature end a season in which he has mainly played second fiddle to Simon Moore.
But although the former Watford stopper admits pre-season may be a bit early for a return, he is determined to give Moore a run for his money again next term.
Lee said: “It was a lot worse than I had hoped, but hopefully the shoulder is fixed now and I will be back sooner rather than later.
“It's hard to put a date on it at the moment, but pre-season is probably too soon. Getting it fixed is the main thing though, and I will be back fighting for the shirt next season.
“This season has been a non-entity on a personal level. My shoulder has not been right and the tendon was weak, so it was a ticking time bomb really.
“I did it for the first time this time this last year. They tried to put it right and have done a few times, but I always broke down, but this time the surgeon has got it fixed.”