By Ben Dinnery

11th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Injury expert delivers shattering Ajer news after 'red herring' Brentford update

Kristoffer Ajer could be out until early 2022 despite the positive noises reportedly coming from the Brentford camp.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Ajer, who signed from Celtic in the summer for £17.5million, has missed the Bees’ last two league matches with a hamstring injury.

It is a repeat of the same issue that ruled him out for two games in October, and early estimates were that he could be absent for up to eight weeks.

But The Athletic reported on 3 November that the centre-back could return sooner than thought and in time for the busy Christmas period.

But Dinnery warned to take any unofficial update on the 23-year-old Norwegian’s status with a pinch of salt.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Thomas Frank originally said around six to eight weeks, but it could extend to early 2022.

“This is a recurrence. That in itself is a cause for concern. You need to be extra careful in managing that injury.

“Internally, the conversations between the staff and the players aren’t necessarily what is being put out there in the media.

“Rarely, if ever, will you get a definitive timeline on a player because it sets you up to fail.

“If something goes wrong, people will ask what is wrong with your medical department.

“Any update can be a bit of a red herring. The road to recovery is never straight, it always has twists and turns.”

In other news, Brentford race Southampton and Brighton to sign Angelo Fulgini in January as price tag revealed.