Brentford-bound Igor Thiago ruled out for the rest of the season with knee injury


Brentford’s club-record signing Igor Thiago has sprained the medial ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Thiago, who officially joins Brentford on a five-year contract in July in a deal worth €36.5million (£29.4m) including add-ons, suffered the issue while playing for Club Bruges in their 2-2 draw with Union Saint-Gilloise on Monday night when his team-mate Antonio Nusa was tackled and clattered into him.

The Brazilian is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks, but Brentford are waiting on the results of a scan for an exact timeframe on his recovery.

A six-week absence would mean the 22-year-old will miss Bruges’ final two games in the championship round of the Belgian top-flight but should be ready for the start of Brentford’s pre-season.

Thiago has scored 29 times in 55 appearances for Bruges in all competitions this season and is viewed as the long-term replacement for Ivan Toney at Brentford.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said of Thiago: “We have signed a key player for a key position. Thiago is a very exciting striker who fits the role in our team. He is hard working and a very good pressing player. He is also a physical presence, very good in the box and can link the play.

“He’s progressing well in the Belgian league, so there is big potential and we are looking forward to seeing him in a red and white shirt.”

Thiago began his professional career in his native Brazil with Cruzeiro.

In March 2022, he made the move to Europe to sign for Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad where he scored 15 goals and provided eight assists in 32 league matches.

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