AFC Bournemouth travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea at the weekend with a heavily depleted squad.
#AFCB reflections 🍒⚽️:
• Aké injury (while making goal-saving tackle) a hammer blow 🔨
• S Cook & Smith also out for weeks = huge test of back-up defenders 🆘
• No non-big 6 club would cope with these injuries 🚑
• Massive 7-game PL run starts 28 Dec at Brighton 💪🏻
— Kris Temple (@kristemple) December 7, 2019
Arguably Cherries manager Eddie Howe’s first-choice back four would consist of Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels, however, all four were unavailable for this game with the centre back pairing of Ake and Cook and full-back Adam Smith all suffering injuries in recent weeks.
Nathan Ake has suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks, Steve Cook has required surgery on his wrist, whilst Adam Smith has recently visited Doha to assess the injury he sustained against Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, summer signing Lloyd Kelly is still waiting to make his Premier League debut after joining from Bristol City for £13million as he remains sidelined with injury.
The midfield and attacking options have also suffered an injury crisis, Wales international David Brooks has suffered a set-back in his comeback from an ankle operation, he has had to have a second surgery, which is likely to see him out for quite some time.
As reported elsewhere, David Brooks has had an operation on his ankle in Doha. No timescale but will be out for some time. Major blow for #afcb.
— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) December 9, 2019
Whilst Junior Stanislas, Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman have all recently returned from injury and were options against Chelsea, the Cherries have lost Arnaut Danjuma and Harry Wilson to recent injuries, with Callum Wilson also struggling with a hamstring injury.
Jordon Ibe was also left out the squad. But the reason for his absence has not been listed. However, he did make a court appearance this week.
Harry Wilson (dead leg) and Arnaut Danjuma (foot) both ruled out through injury, adding to the lengthy list of absentees. #afcb
— Tom Crocker (@TomCrockerEcho) December 14, 2019
Joshua King returned to the starting line-up following his hamstring injury suffered away on international duty, only to hobble off against Chelsea.
Josh King being helped from the field. Injury No 10 on the cards pic.twitter.com/FC3Pm4C02X
— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) December 14, 2019
Thankfully Eddie Howe was not overly worried about King’s injury.
Following the win over Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“We have a lot of players in the treatment room who also can make a difference for us but they can’t help us at the moment…”
“…I haven’t spoke to him (Joshua King) but, hopefully (he is ok).
“I knew he was going to run out of gas today. He hasn’t trained a lot.
“He had a hamstring problem away on international duty so, it was great to see him return, I thought he played very well.”
…we do seem to carry quite a few injury-prone players like Stanislas, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and now more recently Brooks and you possibly could add in Gosling too…does make you wonder why sometimes?
I know that the older members of the squad like Daniels, Simon Francis, and Surman have spent long periods out…plus the two injuries to Callum and we have had an unfair proportion in my opinion…
Hopefully, the likes of Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing, Ryan Fraser will carry on and avoid such setbacks?
God we have even signed two players one injured from the off in Dominic Solanke and one crocked before he has even got his teeth into a game in Kelly…
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