AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook was forced off against Birmingham City after just 38 minutes following a collision with Birmingham City midfielder Gary Gardner.
Cook received a cut to his shin and briefly attempted to continue, but in the end, was forced off to be replaced by fellow Cherries midfielder Dan Gosling and later required stitches.
23-year-old Cook up until that point had enjoyed a good game, making his eighth start of the 2020/21 Championship campaign.
With the international break, the Cherries have 14 days before they host Reading at Dean Court in their next Championship fixture, giving Lewis Cook enough time to recover without missing any games.
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“Unfortunately Lewis got a deep gash to his shin. Not quite sure how many stitches he’s had but it was a deep gash.
“Really disappointed, it was a big blow for us to lose Lewis Cook because I thought at the time he was outstanding.
“He started the game excellent, but it’s something which shouldn’t keep him out too long. Hopefully he should be back after the international break…”
Tindall, however, was quick to remove any perceived blame from Birmingham City midfielder Gary Gardner adding…
“…it was a 50-50 challenge. Both players went in fully committed and unfortunately for us and for Lew, he came out worse and he had to come off but thankfully it’s something that’s not too serious.”
Saturday gave us a glimpse of how we could really develop our passing game to play the sort of football we all enjoy watching.
Lewis sitting deep with his ability to find telling (long or short) passes in all directions and to put opponents out of the game with a quick turn, with Jefferson Lerma and David Brooks/Junior Stanislas sitting in front of him gives us what was missing from Eddies 4-4-2 last season, namely midfield triangles that are the key ingredient to working the ball up the pitch. Some of the short passing moves were brilliant and a joy to watch, and a midfield three in a triangle instead of in a line across the pitch, combined with full-backs good at getting down the lines seems to me to give us a template for the way to play to make the most of the ability we have in the team.
Two games every week is tough on the players, but unless maybe Kilkenny can step up now and then, for me Lewis has to start every game if he is fit and at his age, he should be capable of doing so. Reducing the number of player rotations between games would help with consistency. – Join the conversation, click here.