AFC Bournemouth are starting the 2019/20 Premier League campaign with an injury crisis.
Wales international David Brooks has been ruled out for three months following ankle surgery, whilst Dan Gosling will be sidelined for a similar period following an operation on his hip.
Cherries captain Simon Francis, England international Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, Steve Cook and Lloyd Kelly are also unavailable through injury, however, Andrew Surman and Charlie Daniels both returned for the game against Lazio on Friday evening.
Defensively AFC Bournemouth are looking slightly light on numbers, whilst the goalkeeper conundrum surrounding Asmir Begovic, Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale is yet to be resolved with a clear number one.
AFC Bournemouth have been very active during this transfer window.
Last week Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld became AFC Bournemouth’s fourth signing of the summer, having had previous interest from AC Milan, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
With the sales of Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa for £26.5million, Lys Mousset to Sheffield United for £10million and Connor Mahoney to Millwall for a fee of £1million, AFC Bournemouth’s net spend total is a mere £8.2million so far for this 2019 summer transfer window.
Could that see Howe dip into the transfer market again before the transfer window shuts later this week?
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports…
“I wouldn’t say 100 per cent our business is done, We’ll see over the next few days. I’m quietly confident this squad is fine.
“It was a blow to lose those players to injury, no doubts over that.
“When everyone is fit, we have an unbelievable squad in my opinion. We’re desperate to get them back but I believe the players that are fit are good enough to get results.”
Since we got promoted it feels like we’ve been suffering an almost perpetual injury crisis. Fans of most clubs think that though. So let’s see what the injury table stats say about it.
First, a couple of caveats. Each table should be seen as discreet in that I can’t guarantee the same counting method has been used on each. Comparing numbers within the table is fine, but across tables, you just have to look at the trend against other clubs in each.
Secondly, I couldn’t find a table for the full 2015/16 season so you have a table to mid-January and then a slightly odd ‘points system’ table that one of the injury websites published at the end of that year.
Over the four seasons, we’re averaging higher than we would like compared to the others but not so out there as to be a huge worry. Especially when you take into account the series of long term injuries. There’s room for improvement certainly but perhaps it isn’t as bad as it seems to us fans.
It does make you wonder how well we might do if we managed to string together a season without a bad run of missing players. Wolves last season is ridiculous! – Join the conversation, click here.