AFC Bournemouth with have to do without their top striker Callum Wilson as he will miss around six months due to a knee injury.
Wilson, 23, has been the big bright spot for Premier League newcomers Bournemouth. Wilson has scored five goals this season, including a hat-trick against West Ham United. He suffered the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Stoke City.
Scans has confirmed that Wilson has a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will undergo surgery next week and then start rehabbing.
Manager Eddie Howe was obviously disappointed with losing his best striker.
”It’s very disappointing for Callum, after what has been an exceptional start to the season, but I am sure he will come back fitter and stronger,” Howe told afcb.co.uk.
“Callum is the type of character who won’t be fazed by such a setback, and I am sure he will turn this experience into a positive in the long run.
“As I have said many times before though, this kind of setback offers others the opportunity to step up to the plate, show everybody what they can do and make a real impact at this level.”
Wilson is the third Bournemouth player that has suffered a knee injury this season, as Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings are also on the injury list with knee injuries.
Bournemouth sits in 16th place after seven games with seven points. The Cherries takes on fellow newcomers Watford FC on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.