Date: 12th March 2019 at 5:57am
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AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is hoping to return for the final “few” games of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was left hospitalised following an infection.

Having previously played every minute of the first 26 games of the season, Cook has missed the last month due to a persistent groin problem.

Part of the treatment was an injection, but after Cook suffered an infection, the 27-year-old was hospitalised and is now set to be sidelined for around six weeks.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk

“He had a long-standing groin problem, which we felt was quite minor.

“He had an injection to try to fix the problem but it turned into an infection so it is not good news regarding that and he’s going to be out for around five to six weeks.”

Cook took to social media to wish his team-mates well ahead of the trip to Huddersfield Town and declare that he was aiming to return before the end of the season.

Cook initially joined AFC Bournemouth on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in October 2011, eventually making the move permanent in January 2012 for £150,000.

Since making the move along the south coast Cook has been an ever-present in the side, including two promotions, the first from League One in 2013 and from the Championship in 2015.

He has also firmly established himself in the Premier League, not missing a single second of the 2016-17 campaign on his way to being named supporters player of the season.

Cook has now made 301 appearances for the Cherries with 134 coming in the Premier League.

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