Howe keeping open mind for January
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he could be forced to make a signing in January due to his team's injury problems.
The Cherries have had rotten luck with injuries of late, with Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith having all suffered knee injuries over the last two months.
Francis was the latest to be sidelined and the Bournemouth captain could be missing for up to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the 5-0 loss at Tottenham on Boxing Day.
Howe says he previously had no plans to make any moves in the January transfer window but could now dip into the market due to the long-term nature of the injuries.
Asked whether the loss of Francis could prompt Bournemouth to make an addition in January, Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: “I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t and I have had those conversations, but we will wait and see what happens.
“Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.
“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge, but we are looking at what we can do.”
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