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Cook return can inspire us - Brooks

18th April 2019, 19:13 by Tom Hill

Bournemouth star David Brooks claims the whole squad is delighted by Steve Cook's return after a two-month lay off.

The centre-back missed seven games in total due to a complicated groin injury and Eddie Howe's side struggled as a result.

Cook was left in hospital after an injection got infected and that left Howe light of centre-backs.

Bournemouth only won one of the seven matches he missed but Cook was back in the fold for last weekend's 5-0 success over Brighton.

The Cherries are back in action against Fulham this weekend and Brooks admits Cook's return is such a relief for the rest of the squad.

He told the Daily Echo: "I think Steve Cook has been a massive miss. Meps (Chris Mepham) and Nath (Nathan Ake) have been fantastic, but I think Cookie is a natural born leader.

"It was nice to have him back on the grass and even in training throughout the week he's a great leader and a great voice to have around the dressing room."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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