AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe does not expect to have defender Tyrone Mings in the first team fold until the start of next season.
Mings has been sidelined for this season with a back injury.
Mings had made three appearances during the current 2017/18 campaign, with all three seeing Mings named in the starting XI.
The first came in the EFL Cup against Birmingham City, but the other two appearances came in the Premier League as AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe adopted a three at the back formation.
That saw Mings operate on the left-hand side of a three-man defence alongside Nathan Ake and Steve Cook.
However the 24-year-old was forced off at half-time against Arsenal in September and isn’t expected to return.
It was initially thought that he would return within a few weeks, but those hopes were halted as the Cherries sought specialist advice.
Mings later revealed that he had suffered a stress fracture in his back.
Mings told the Gazette & Herald in January…
I`m alright, I have a fracture in my back, it is just stressed at the moment, I never seem to get little ones (injuries) either. I`m not sure on a timeframe. I think I have another three to four weeks of doing nothing, then I will have to start rehab, which will be about eight weeks.
‘I`m in a situation where I`m not allowed to do anything, I`m not allowed to do yoga or go to the gym, hence why I am on holiday.
‘I`m just in Dubai. There are worse things that I can be doing. It is frustrating because I just want to be fit.
Following on from time in Dubai, Mings moved on to Doha in Qatar, where he has received treatment at Aspetar, a world-renowned orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘I don’t think we will see Ty this season. It hasn’t been totally ruled out but understanding he is going to need time to get everything right, it will probably be pre-season when we see him.
‘We fully anticipate he will be able to do pre-season and train normally, as we stand now. So, hopefully, that will be the case.
‘He is in one of the best places in the world for his injury so he is getting really good care. The facilities are unbelievable and we are really pleased with his progress.
‘I think it’s what he needed. He needed specialist treatment because it is a very delicate injury and his rehab is crucial to get everything right to make sure he comes back complete again.’
Perhaps the proudest interview I`ve done, simply because I allowed to get some opinions off my chest, not just on racism, check it out. https://t.co/RubKWyo00S
? Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) 12 January 2018
Poor Tyrone. Another blow, both for him and us. Unfortunately it’s started to get a bit Wilshere-like with the consecutive serious injuries. The good news is he can still come back from it, like Jack!
Now whether Francis is seen as a RB or CB is irrelevant, even counting the fresh-faced Simpson we’re still light of a player in the defence, with either 4 CBs and 1 RB or 3CBs and 2RBs. Hopefully we’ll see someone come in this window. – Join the conversation here.
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