AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes the injury Junior Stanislas suffered against Chelsea could be serious.
The Cherries attacker was sprinting into the Chelsea midfield when he immediately grabbed his groin and signalled to come off.
The 27 year old, who created more assists than any other player last season, was in such a hurry to depart the Dean Court pitch following the injury that AFC Bournemouth had to delay the substitution in the 62nd minute to enable Marc Pugh the chance to be ready to come on.
The injury comes after Stanislas ended last season by going under the knife to cure a persistent hernia problem, but then struggled with groin and hip pain.
He missed pre-season, but made his long awaited return in the EFL Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Speaking after the Chelsea game Howe told the Daily Echo…
“Junior does (look like a lengthy lay-off) for sure. It is too early to make an assessment … but Junior’s looks serious.
“It looks like a muscle pull. It happened just in front of us and he was in full flight. He said his groin had gone…”
‘…We worked hard to get Junior fit after we had really missed him in the early part of the season. He showed his quality at Stoke so it would be a really tough one to take.”
bruce red wrote…
Junior is a key player for us. Play better when he is on pitch.
Very concerned about his injury. – Join the conversation here.
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