AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that the consultations and specialists do not want to operate on full back Adam Smith.
Smith made 36 appearances in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign, but his season came to a premature end after he suffered a hernia problem.
The 25 year old has seen numerous consultations and specialists and has been advised to not go under the knife and to avoid surgery.
Instead Smith will go through a rehabilitation programme to hope that he will be fully fit for the start of pre-season.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“We are hopeful he will be fine to join in from day one but it is the type of injury which can frustrate you.
‘It’s difficult to set a date on a definite return so there are no guarantees.
“Adam has had a number of consultations and all the specialists he saw didn`t want to operate.
‘They felt he could recover through rehab and strengthening of the problem area so that is where he is at the moment.”
Sounds ominously like Arter’s niggly injury last summer, whereby we all expected him fit for pre season, which then slipped to the season’s start, which then slipped further and further into the season.
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