AFC Bournemouth rocked by injuries to Adam Smith and Simon Francis.
For a number of years now the Cherries have often looked lacking in numbers in defence and specifically at right back.
It’s been a point of concern for a number of AFC Bournemouth supporters and has often been a talking point regarding why the Cherries haven’t made a bid to strengthen their defensive options.
Instead they’ve always been an apparent two injuries, or a suspension away from a supposed crisis and now it looks like AFC Bournemouth could be set to struggle for options against Watford.
Adam Smith could be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Smith suffered medial ligament damage to his knee against West Bromwich Albion and has been in a knee brace for the past fortnight, missing the teams trip to Dubai.
Meanwhile Simon Francis is also struggling with a hamstring problem, again suffered against West Brom.
Does this leave Ryan Fraser as the only clear option at makeshift right back or wing back?
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“Adam has a problem with his medial ligaments so is going to be out for a few weeks.
“We hope it is not his season and think he will be back before the end. But it is a big disappointment for him and us.
“He was in a knee brace until earlier this week but is out of it now. It is difficult to give an exact time frame but I think we are looking at around four to six weeks.
On Francis he added…
“Simon had a minor strain of his hamstring. It was really good for him that we had the two-week break and we hope he makes it (in time for Watford). If he doesn`t, he should be available for next week.”
Do we have any youngsters that could step up? Sometimes it’s only when your hand is forced you find out what you really have.
If both are out I think we’ll have to settle on a version of the 3-5-2 formation since Fraser as an out-and-out RB would be a tad worrying. The only problem with that is if Francis and with Mings injured then we may be short at CB as well. Hmm. – Join the conversation here.
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