Cherries waiting on Mepham injury news
Bournemouth will be hoping the injury which forced Chris Mepham out of Wales' friendly international against Belarus on Monday is nothing serious.
The 21-year-old central defender had spoken about his desire to become a mainstay in Wales’ boss Ryan Giggs’ plans after veteran Ashley Williams was left out of the squad for this international break.
He said last month: “I’d like to think I’ve got that sort of personality that can be vocal and can pull people and be that natural leader in the back four.
“I would like to be that person to be that voice at the heart of the back four, and hopefully I can.”
And, having played the full 90 minutes of Thursday’s 2-1 Euro 2020 qualification Group E win against Azerbaijan, Mepham was again in the starting XI as the Welsh made it a fourth successive home win at the Cardiff City Stadium.
However, he had to be replaced by Charlton stopper Tom Lockyer on 77 minutes after picking up a knock.
The news will be a worry for Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe given that Mepham has played the full 90 minutes in four of their five fixtures, scoring once.
And, with the likes of Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels, Lloyd Kelly, Dan Gosling, Matt Butcher, Arnaut Danjuma, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas and David Brooks already sidelined, the last thing he will want is another key man facing a spell out of action.
There was good news for the Cherries as Harry Wilson got another 89 minutes into his legs for Wales as Manchester United starlet Daniel James scored the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 win for Wales.
Howe will be keeping his fingers crossed that both Mepham and Wilson will be available to play when the Premier League resumes against Everton at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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