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Howe hails Cook and Ake

26th February 2019, 10:36 by Jack Ogalbe

Eddie Howe says Steve Cook’s commitment to Bournemouth has often meant he has played through the pain barrier in recent years.

The 27-year-old was previously an ever-present this season but was forced to miss out on Saturday against Wolves due to a groin problem, with January signing Chris Mepham coming in.

No date has been put on Cook's expected return and Howe has paid tribute to the defender's desire to always make himself available.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "Cookie has been a model of consistency in terms of his selection. He has always been a player who has played through injuries where some players might not have.

"I remember a game at Crystal Palace where he thought he might have pulled a muscle in the warm-up but still played and played very well.

"But this time it got to the stage where he felt he couldn't do himself or the team justice, so we hope he has a speedy recovery."

Cook's absence placed further responsibility on Nathan Ake but the Dutchman stood up to the challenge in the 1-1 draw.

The composed 24-year-old impressed with his all-round performance and Howe was encouraged by the way he stepped up to the plate.

"He had to be really good and had to lead the back four," Howe added. "His overall performance was outstanding. He was really aggressive in the air and on the floor and was very good on the ball."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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.

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