Football - Douglas to battle through

Brentford skipper Jonathan Douglas is set to keep playing through the pain barrier against Portsmouth.

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The midfielder has been carrying a knock for the last couple of weeks but came through the full 90 minutes of Wednesday night's 2-0 win at Crewe, which moved the Bees up to third.

Defender Scott Barron is still recovering from a hip operation and is out for the season along with back-up goalkeeper Richard Lee, who has had shoulder surgery.

But club captain Kevin O'Connor (ankle) and striker Farid El Alagui (knee) were on the bench at Gresty Road following lengthy injury lay-offs and will be hoping for their first action this year.

Midfielder Harry Forrester could return to the squad after dropping out in midweek.

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