AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful that midfielder Andrew Surman’s hamstring injury will not leave him sidelined for long.
The Cherries vice captain had played 7740 consecutive minutes across 86 league games, before missing the Tottenham Hotspur game through illness.
Surman had been named in the starting XI only to be a late change following the warm up and was replaced by Dan Gosling.
He returned against Middlesbrough, but with 11 minutes remaining he was forced off the pitch with the injury, leaving the Cherries to play out the game with 10 men.
It looks likely that he will miss the game against Sunderland on Saturday, but due to the international break there is a 2 week gap before the next match with Stoke City.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘It looks like a hamstring strain. He has been so consistent and was ever present for a long time. He hasn’t really picked up any niggles or problems.
‘It’s come out of the blue, really. We’ll assess the damage and, hopefully, it won’t be too long.
‘When you see players go off with hamstring injuries, you are looking at weeks rather than days. The international break could come at a good time for him.
‘He has been absolutely magnificent for us for a long period of time. He is consistent and a really good decision-maker who fits our philosophy perfectly. He is a huge player in our team and we are going to miss him for however long he is out…’
Neil Dawson wrote…
‘I thought Eddie made a mistake today bringing back Surman. He always maintains that it is a squad game not a team game and dropping a man who was outstanding in the previous fixture to bring back someone who has been questionable this season destroys that ethic. Particularly (and I know this bit is being wise after the event) when the player you bring back plays weakly and poorly. His non challenge for the first goal should be an automatic dropping anyway! – Join the conversation here.
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