Brentford’s next two Championship matches have been postponed after the club reported positive Covid-19 tests to the EFL.

The Bees were set to host Bristol City on Wednesday before travelling to Reading on Saturday but both will now be re-arranged, while the club have also closed their training ground.

Manager Thomas Frank missed Saturday’s FA Cup win over Middlesbrough after testing positive last week, with Neil MacFarlane in the dugout for the 2-1 victory.

The club, who sit fourth in the Championship table, has not confirmed the number of positive tests reported, nor the identities of those affected.

The full Brentford statement reads: “Brentford’s next two Sky Bet Championship fixtures have been suspended.

“The Bees were due to face Bristol City tomorrow, Wednesday 13 January, and Reading on Saturday, 16 January. These games will now be rearranged for later in the season.

“After a round of Covid-19 testing yesterday, Monday 11 January, Brentford FC reported positive tests to the EFL.

“The guidance from the EFL Medical Advisor was that we should close our training ground and carry out further rounds of testing.

“We informed the EFL that we would be unable to fulfil the fixtures following the tests, the closure of the training ground and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.

“Brentford FC confirmed that head coach Thomas Frank returned a positive Covid-19 test last week. Due to medical confidentiality, we will make no further comment on the positive tests. 

“The circumstances surrounding the postponements will now be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations. Revised dates for the rearranged fixtures will be confirmed in due course.”

The Bees’ next match is now due to be at home to Luton Town on January 20, though this could also be subject to change.