Understandably this season, questions and eyebrows have been raised regarding AFC Bournemouth’s injury record during the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
AFC Bournemouth lost Lewis Cook, Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels to severe knee injuries during the season, sidelining the trio for many, many months following their respective operations.
All three are expected to return at some stage during next season but are likely to miss pre-season.
Junior Stanislas has also required surgery for a hamstring injury, whilst Diego Rico, David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman and Dominic Solanke all missed the final run in due to injury.
Earlier in the season and defensive duo, Adam Smith and Steve Cook were both out injured for a time.
Due to the sheer number of injuries, often to players in a similar position, AFC Bournemouth’s promising start to the season was somewhat curtailed due to being down to the bare bones of the squad, forced to promote young players from the development squad to make up the numbers.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has now revealed a full review of the training schedules and training pitches will be made in a bid to find some answers.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“Of course. We will be sitting down and doing a full review of everything that we have delivered.
“We have had experts come in and look at our training pitches to see if they have made a difference.
“We are trying to find the reasons why we have suffered so many (injuries) this season.”
Neil Dawson wrote…
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