AFC Bournemouth and England Under 21’s midfielder Lewis Cook is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
England Under 20’s World Cup-winning captain suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Tuesday night’s Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town.
The 21-year-old went for a scan on Wednesday and AFC Bournemouth announced on Thursday that Cook is likely to be sidelined for between six to nine months.
A speedy recovery will see Cook return in time for pre-season ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Thank you for all your kind words, I am devastated with my injury but this is just a bump in the road. I’ll be back stronger and better. The hard work starts now ???? pic.twitter.com/EbZykP2BTX
— Lewis Cook (@lewiscook_) December 6, 2018
With Harry Arter on loan for the season with Cardiff City and Dan Gosling also struggling with a knee injury, another loss to Eddie Howe’s midfield options just leaves Jefferson Lerma and Andrew Surman as obvious candidates for the heart of the Cherries midfield against Liverpool.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“We are all devastated for Lewis,”
“It is a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months.
“But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is merely a setback and to know that he can come back better than ever.
“He will have the full support and love of everyone at the club throughout the next few months as he receives the very best treatment and rehabilitation possible.”
I noticed he was in discomfort 15-20 mins from the end. He didn’t seem to be in communication with the bench about it, presumably was trying to run it off. It did cross my mind that he didn’t want to go off as he maybe thought he was playing for his place, hopefully, that wasn’t the case. – Join the conversation, click here.