Rup­tured ACL side­lines Cook Rose slams Wembley

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Bournemouth’s Eng­land mid­fielder Lewis Cook will be side­lined for six to nine months with a rup­tured an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment (ACL), the club con­firmed.

The 21-year-old suf­fered the se­ri­ous knee in­jury dur­ing the 2-1 Pre­mier League vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field on Tues­day.

Cook was as­sessed by the club’s med­i­cal staff af­ter the game and fur­ther as­sess­ment and scans on Wed­nes­day re­vealed the ex­tent of the dam­age to his right knee.

“We are all dev­as­tated for Lewis,” Bournemouth man­ager Ed­die Howe told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“It is a huge blow to a very tal­ented player who has been a very im­por­tant part of our side over the last 18 months.

“But Lewis is a strong char­ac­ter who only has to look around our dress­ing room for in­spi­ra­tion of how an in­jury like this is merely a set­back and to know that he can come back bet­ter than ever.” COOK

Eng­land de­fender Danny Rose says it is no longer an hon­our to play at Wembley as Tot­ten­ham’s sea­son con­tin­ues to be blighted by the club’s fail­ure to move into their state-of-the-art £1 bil­lion sta­dium. ROSE

Spurs had their low­est league at­ten­dance yet (33,012) at the na­tional sta­dium for Wed­nes­day’s visit of Southamp­ton, af­ter which man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino ad­mit­ted the at­mos­phere “wasn’t great” and he un­der­stood why fans were in­creas­ingly stay­ing away.

Eng­land left-back Rose de­scribed the at­mos­phere at the na­tional sta­dium as “flat” and added: “It’s not nice any­more. I don’t feel it’s an hon­our to play there.

“We’re all itch­ing to get in the new sta­dium and, hope­fully, it’s not too much longer. The at­mos­phere is a bit flat. I ob­vi­ously sym­pa­thise with the fans, who have to travel fur­ther to get to Wembley.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed [the new sta­dium] has taken longer than ex­pected, but we know every­body is putting in the hours to make sure it’s as good as pos­si­ble.

“It’s not that much longer now so, hope­fully, over the next cou­ple of months we’re go­ing to be in there.” – AFP

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