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Cook facing spell on sidelines


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is set for an extended spell on the sidelines as he recovers from a persistent groin problem.

Cook played every minute of the Cherries’ first 26 games in the Premier League but has missed the past three due to the injury.

The 27-year-old had been hoping an injection would remedy the problem, only for infection to set in after he had had the jab at the end of last month.

Manager Eddie Howe, asked for an update on Cook at this morning’s press conference, said: “He had a long-standing groin problem, which we felt was quite minor.

“He had an injection to try to fix the problem but it turned into an infection so it is not good news regarding that and he’s going to be out for around five to six weeks.”

Frontmen Junior Stanislas and Dom Solanke are both again expected to sit out when the Cherries visit Huddersfield Town in the Premier League tomorrow.

Stanislas has missed the past four games due a hip flexor injury, while Solanke has resumed light training following a thigh problem but remains a doubt for the trip to West Yorkshire.

However, striker Callum Wilson has a chance of returning to action at the John Smith’s Stadium following a six-match layoff due to a knee injury.

The England international, who has netted 12 goals for club and country this season, has made good progress and could be in contention to be involved against the struggling Terriers.

Asked whether Wilson would be available, boss Howe said: “He’s done some light training this week.

He’s been back on the grass for the first time and has looked pretty good. We’ve got to pick and choose when the right moment is for him to come back. I’m going to have to consult with Callum and the physios to see how he feels.”

Midfielder Jefferson Lerma is available for selection having served a two-match suspension for totting up ten bookings.

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