Thomas Frank gave positive news regarding the return of Brentford captain Pontus Jansson.

The 29-year-old has not featured for the Bees since completing 90minutes in the 3-1 home win over QPR on Janaury 11.

The West London outfit have seen their form dip in the Swede's absence, picking up just two wins out of a possible nine which have seen their automatic play-off hopes all but disappear.

Speaking after Brentford's 2-2 draw at Cardiff City, the Bees boss gave fans an update on their summer signing.

"He’s getting much much closer," Frank said.

"He's in a much better place.

"It's still the hip injury, but he's on the training pitch which is good news.

"He’s getting much much closer."

It's thought the defender who Brentford paid Leeds a fee believed to be around £5.5million seven months ago, arrived with a niggling hip injury that the club had hoped to manage throughout the course of the season. 

Unfortunately the issue has been more difficult to treat than first thought leading to a prolonged rest for the inspirational centreback.

Frank also revealed that Mathias Jensen is a "couple of weeks" away from a return to action.