Cherries provide Smith update
Bournemouth have confirmed that Adam Smith is set for up to three months out of the game with a knee injury.
The defender was stretchered off in the first half of the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle after what appeared a freak injury incurred while dummying to take a free-kick.
While he tried to play on initially, he was eventually forced off and required oxygen.
After having the issue assessed by specialists, the club confirmed via a statement on its website that the issue is not as serious as first thought.
Smith has suffered damage to cartilage in his right knee and underwent an operation on Saturday in order to correct the issue.
The Cherries have predicted he now faces up to three months on the sidelines, meaning he will miss the entirety of the busy festive period.
After joining the club permanently in 2014, having spent time on loan during 2010-11, the 27-year-old has established himself as a key part of Eddie Howe's plans, making 13 appearances up to and including the game at St James' Park.
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.