‘Such a shame’ The key Bournemouth players that will miss the trip to Aston Villa
For the first time in 1563 days, Aston Villa will host a Premier League fixture.
It’s been a long three years, but the wait is over as Bournemouth make the trip to B6 and Villa Park.
Both Villa and the Cherries were on the wrong end of late goals in their season openers. Dean Smith’s men conceding three in the final 17 minutes in defeat to Spurs, whilst Bournemouth failed to hold on to a slender one goal lead against Sheffield United.
The two sides will see Saturday as an ideal place to pick up their first three points of the season. Villa have a relatively clean bill of health ahead of the visit of the Cherries, with James Chester the only expected absentee.
But who will Howe not be able to rely upon on Saturday afternoon?
Using Premier Injuries , we’ve had a look at some of the key men that will be off the field as the Villa Park faithful finally get to see Premier League football again.
Details: One of Bournemouth’s star men from last season will have to witness the start of this campaign from the sidelines. The Wales international suffered an ankle ligament injury at the end of July and is expected to be out until around October.
Details: The midfielder underwent surgery on his hip at the end of July, which along with Brooks, should see him out of action until around October.
Details: The England youth international suffered a serious knee injury back in December. He is entering the final stages of rehab and Howe confirmed he has flown out to America to see a specialist to ensure his recovery is on track.
Details: Like Cook, Francis has flown Stateside as he enters the final hurdle of his recovery from a long term knee injury. On the pair, Howe said: “(Cook and Francis) are now in America in the last stage of their rehab with a specialist in terms of running technique and making sure their gait is perfect for when they come back.
“I think Lewis is still slightly ahead of Simon because of time – I think he is probably about four weeks ahead.
“I’m very keen to get them both back involved with the squad.”
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Details: Kelly, who signed for the Cherries this summer, has been unable to make his competitive debut after picking up a knock in the build-up to the opener with the Blades last week.
On that injury, his manager explained it would be one to keep him out for ‘weeks not months’: “It’s such a shame for Lloyd, you look at the incident that led to his injury – a tackle in training and there was nothing he could do about it.
“It’s one of those things you just have to accept and roll with it. Hopefully it’s not long-term – he will be back in weeks not months.
“He started so well as well, I think that’s the really disappointing thing. He is a really strong, really athletic player with a great attitude.”
Details: The Netherlands international is another big money summer transfer that has found himself on the injury table at the Vitality Stadium.
He missed the season opener after suffering a foot injury in the final warm-up game.
“He had done no training with us,” Howe said. “He played the game last week and just felt a pain on the bottom of his foot on Monday morning. Immediately he went for some scans and we are still assessing the injury.”
Details: The third Bournemouth player sidelined long-term with a knee injury. The former West Ham man went under the knife back in April and is expected to miss a significant portion of the season.