AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick is the latest player at the club that is out for an significant amount of time because of an injury.
Elphick underwent surgery on his ankle after injuring himself in practice. He will reportedly miss around 8 to 10 weeks. The 28-year-old defender is now joining a growing injury list at the club.
“Tommy’s had an operation on his ankle so he’s facing around 10 weeks out,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told The Guardian.
“It was innocuous really. It was a kick on the ankle and, despite many attempts to come back, it just didn’t feel right. With further investigation it was discovered that he needed an operation.
“He’s had it, he’s two weeks in. Ten weeks is the estimate but it could be longer than that.”
Top goalscorer Callum Wilson is out with a knee injury, and so is Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings. Neither of those three players are expected to play again this season. It’s a big blow for a newcomer like Bournemouth to lose four players that normally would be in the starting XI. Gradel and Mings both joined this summer and are the two most expensive signings in club history.
Wilson scored five goals in six games, including a hat trick against West Ham United, before rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Stoke City in late September.
The Cherries will take on league leaders Manchester City on the road at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Bournemouth are currently in 15th place with eight points.