Unfortunately for the Cherries, Arnaut Danjuma has been injured for the majority of the season following his summer move from Club Brugge to AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, widely reported to be £13.7million.
The 23-year-old has made just nine Premier League appearances this season, totalling 407 minutes. In the main, he has impressed, particularly in his first 90-minute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur in November.
But Danjuma would make just two further appearances before being sidelined through injury. Initially, this injury was described as a stress fracture in his foot as was reported when he travelled to Qatar to visit the world-renowned orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, Aspetar.
However, afcb.co.uk have more recently referred to the injury as “a nagging ankle injury”.
Regardless of what injury Danjuma has indeed been struggling with, it is looking more and more hopeful that he could be set to return to first-team action relatively soon and Danjuma has is eyes on not only helping AFC Bournemouth in their relegation battle from the Premier League but also the Netherlands and this summers European Championships.
Danjuma told the official website…
“…I’m not quite there yet and can’t give a definite date for my return because we are still discussing it and we need to keep in mind how the rehab goes as well.
“But up to now, it has been great. There have been no issues and everything is moving forward pretty quickly so it shouldn’t take very long…”
“…If I show what I’m capable of then I would hope to be selected. With the qualities I have, I can perform for my club and my country. I think I could add value to the team here and for the Dutch national team.
“In my opinion, quality is permanent so I’m just seeing this as a little setback and am planning on making a major comeback.”
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was much more cautious with his evaluation of the situation, telling the Daily Echo…
“…He’s in the early stages now of beginning to run on the grass again, but we are going to have to take our time with him, so we’ll wait and see when he’s back.”
As well as a top-class potential full Cherries player he seems like a decent grounded bloke.
Can’t wait for his return as I’ve said before what little we saw of him he was energetic, direct and quick.
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