Brentford head coach Dean Smith has said he will talk with James Tarkowski today about his future with the club.

With there being speculation that Premier League clubs were interested in the defender, Tarkowski refused to play in the Sky Sports televised match against Burnley last Friday.

Since then, Tarkowski has been separated from the first team squad and was excluded from selection for the win against Preston North End on Saturday.

His boss Smith isn’t sure if he wants to bring Tarkowski back into the squad for Tuesday night’s match against Leeds United, so they are set for showdown talks today to see whether or not if Tarkowski wants to stay at Griffin Park.

If Tarkowski reverses his decision to leave Brentford, he will likely be in the matchday squad for the game against Leeds. However if the talks do not go well, the defender looks set to leave the club.

Talking about Tarkowski, Smith told Get West London: “I’ve spoke with James about it, told him I think he’s made the wrong decision. He’s given his reasons to us why he made that decision. I don’t think it’s right for him to play at the moment, but there will be a time when it is right for him to play.”

“As I’ve always said, they’re young men, and we forget that sometimes. We’ve all made mistakes, and at this football club we try to help them come through those mistakes.”

“We will certainly try to help him because we believe it was a mistake, and James might not. We know what a good player James is, and we’d love to have him around.”

“Internally it’s been dealt with, and we’ll draw a line under it, reintegrate him in with the players. Will he be available to face Leeds? I’m not sure, that’s for me to sit down with James on Sunday and see where we go from there.”

“I’ve got to look at his fitness first and foremost because I gave him five days off when it happened, he’s had a bit of a break.”

“I think James will have to come out and speak about it as well, for the supporters to understand. I don’t know about an apology – we keep talking about an apology – more an explanation, because young people make decisions which are sometimes impulsive. What they have to do is live with them and give us their reasons.”