Cook in­jury is a dev­as­tat­ing blow, says boss Howe

Bristol Post - - SPORT -

BOURNEMOUTH’S Eng­land mid­fielder Lewis Cook will be side­lined for six to nine months with a rup­tured an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment.

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.

“He will have the full sup­port and love of ev­ery­one at the club through­out the next few months as he re­ceives the very best treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pos­si­ble.”

Cook has made 56 ap­pear­ances since he joined Bournemouth from Leeds in July 2016, with 15 of those com­ing this sea­son as the Cher­ries have climbed into the top seven of the Premier League.

York-born Cook cap­tained Eng­land to Un­der-20 World Cup glory in 2017. In do­ing so, Cook be­came the first Eng­land cap­tain to lift a world tro­phy since Bobby Moore in 1966. Cook won his first se­nior Eng­land cap as a sub­sti­tute in the 1-1 friendly draw against Italy at Wem­b­ley in March.

» Unai Emery fears Arse­nal de­fender Rob Hold­ing faces a lengthy spell on the side­lines with a knee in­jury sus­tained in Wed­nes­day night’s draw at Manch­ester United. Hold­ing is be­ing as­sessed by Gun­ners medics fol­low­ing the in­jury.

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