Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has this afternoon provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth
The Cherries are set to return to action tomorrow afternoon, in a Premier League meeting with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Both sides will head into proceedings eager to secure all 3 points, amid disappointing respective runs of form.
Hosts Chelsea have fallen to defeats in 3 of their last 4 league outings, the latest of which came at Goodison Park last weekend.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, since putting Manchester United to the sword early last month, have suffered an alarming 5 straight losses.
Their latest defeat saw the Vitality outfit downed by 3 goals to nil by table-topping Liverpool.
As such, speaking in his pre-Chelsea press conference this afternoon, Eddie Howe provided updates on the fitness of a number of his side’s stars.
First up was Nathan Ake.
Dutch stopper Ake was forced off with a hamstring problem during the first-half of Bournemouth’s loss to Liverpool last weekend.
And the news on the former Chelsea man is far from positive, with Howe having confirmed that Ake is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines:
‘It was relatively good news on Nathan’s scan. The trouble with hamstring injuries is it’s very difficult to give definitive timelines.’
‘It will depend on how he feels. But I think we’re looking at about six weeks, that’s conservative. Nathan could come back sooner than that but I think six weeks is probably a fair timeline.’
On fellow Cherries stopper Steve Cook, who recently underwent surgery on a fractured wrist, Howe added:
‘Again, it’s pretty good news and we hope to get him back reasonably quickly.’
‘At some stage, yes (he could play wearing a cast). Not immediately but, at some stage, hopefully, we’ll get him back on the pitch.’
Bournemouth’s attacking duo
Finally, there were also updates forthcoming on hitmen Callum Wilson and Josh King.
First, on Wilson, Eddie Howe revealed that he hopes to have the 27-year-old back available for selection over the festive period:
‘I don’t think it’s a serious injury. He felt tightness in his hamstring. Looking at the scan, it was very minimal so we hope to get him back very quickly.’
King, on the other hand, is in contention to feature versus Chelsea tomorrow, having recovered from a hamstring issue:
‘He’s got a chance. He has come through the various things that we needed him to. He hasn’t had a great deal of time on the training pitch but what he has done, he’s done well.’
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