AFC Bournemouth will be without winger Junior Stanislas until the end of the year after the 29-year-old underwent a minor knee operation last month.
Stanislas hasn’t featured for the Cherries since April when he suffered a hamstring injury playing against Fulham.
Back in May, Stanislas went under the knife in a bid to cure the problem and was expected to be ruled out for around four months.
His rehabilitation was expected to then kick on a gear in September, however a set back with pain in his knee will see that spell on the sidelines extended for another couple of months.
Stanislas has always struggled with injuries since his move to Dean Court in 2014 ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s Championship-winning season.
On average, over his previous five seasons, Stanislas has featured for 1,160 minutes per campaign, which equates to 13 full games a season.
Despite his lack of football he has scored 18 goals and claimed 12 assists, proving his undoubted quality, when fit and available.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was quoted by the Daily Echo on 4th October saying…
“Junior is a little bit behind. He’s just had a very minor operation, just to correct a pain he was feeling in his knee.
“It’s something that occasionally happens with long-term injured players but Junior is now, after the operation, a lot more confident and a lot happier with his situation.
“I think it’s still going to be a couple of months before we see him.
“It’s not a major setback, it’s just something that, occasionally, you have to go through, get things checked out, check it’s all okay and then move on again.