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Cherries rocked by new Cook setback

8th March 2019, 13:20 by Craig Smithson

Bournemouth will be without Steve Cook for the trip to Huddersfield after a groin injury setback is set to keep him out for six weeks.

The 27-year-old defender had been an ever-present for the opening 26 Premier League games, but he has been forced to miss the last three because of the issue.

An injection in the groin aimed at getting Cook back into the side as quickly as possible resulted in an infection which boss Eddie Howe now expects to rule him out until mid-April.

He told his Friday morning press conference: "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."

The Cherries are again set to be without forwards Junior Stanislas and Dom Solanke because of respective hip flexor and thigh problems.

But influential hitman Callum Wilson has a chance of facing the bottom side at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday as he bids to return from a knee injury which has kept him out for the last six matches.

Midfielder Jefferson Lerma is definitely available for selection having served a two-match suspension.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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