AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful that Marc Wilson will return to full fitness and make an impact on the south coast.
Wilson has had three spells at Dean Court, separated by nine years.
Wilson previously played for AFC Bournemouth during two loan spells in 2007. In total Wilson made 27 appearances, split across the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons.
He would go on to break into the side at parent club Portsmouth and play 31 times in the Premier League before a move to Stoke following Pompey’s relegation from the top flight of English football.
Between August 2010 and January 2016, Wilson made 176 appearances for Stoke including 146 Premier League appearances.
He re-joined AFC Bournemouth in August 2016 for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1.5million.
But he is yet to make a league appearance for the Cherries, instead injuries have limited him to just three cup appearances.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘It’s been difficult for Marc because he has not had serious injuries but little niggles which have disrupted his training. That’s been a shame for him and us.
‘For me, training time is the most important part of a player’s development. You get to see the end result on a matchday but the training is really important to see their progress and see how they develop into the philosophy we play with.
‘When any player picks up niggly injuries, it’s frustrating because players want nothing more than to be available for selection and on the pitch…’
‘…Hopefully, we can get him back fit and he can stay fit for a long period of time.’
Why did we sign Marc Wilson?
It seems we are very thin on cover at the back at the moment with Franno being out,and we also don’t really have anyone to cover right back.
When we signed Marc Wilson I thought it was a decent signing,he has many Premier League appearances under his belt,and has also played a lot at International level for Ireland.
He is capable of playing right full back,centre back and central defensive midfield.
(Recently) we had no right back or central defensive cover on the bench if there had been an injury or sending off.
Which begs the question why did we sign this player when he doesn’t even get anywhere near the team? – Join the conversation here.
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