AFC Bournemouth have been rocked with yet another double injury blow.
England international Callum Wilson has undergone surgery on his knee and is likely to be out for around a month, whilst Wales international David Brooks has suffered an ankle injury and will also be sidelined for around four weeks according to Sky Sports.
26-year-old Callum Wilson has had a sensational season in 2018/19. From 21 Premier League appearances he has scored 10 times and claimed 5 assists. His form also saw him receive a call up to the England squad where he scored on his debut in November.
David Brooks has been a Premier League sensation and an early contender for young player of the season in the top flight of English football.
The 21-year-old, an £11.5million signing from Championship side Sheffield United, was thrown in at the deep end by AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. With just 9 second tier starts under his belt before the move to the south coast, he may have expected a slower rise through the squad at Dean Court.
But now in 22 Premier League appearances (21 starts) he has scored 6 goals and earned 4 assists.
That’s a lot of attacking and creative options lost by the Cherries.
Joshua King is the obvious man for Howe to turn towards, the Norwegian international has 8 goals and 3 assists this season from 21 appearances and showed against Chelsea that he can play a role at the focal point of the attack.
In the deeper role or on the right wing, the options are Junior Stanislas, Jordon Ibe or potentially new signing Dom Solanke.
Discussing Callum Wilson’s injury, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“Callum Wilson just had a minor knee operation to clean out the knee. We don’t think he’ll be out long, maybe three to four weeks.
Wilson’s knees will need looking after and managing, perhaps for the rest of his career. So if having this procedure and getting a few weeks rest keeps him fit and fighting until May, then it’s well worth it. It’s a shame, but it’s not like we haven’t got goals elsewhere in the side. – Join the conversation, click here.