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Eddie Howe is hopeful of having Callum Wilson back amongst the ranks this weekend despite the Bournemouth boss admitting his top scorer has a "grade one hamstring injury."

The England international has proved to be this season’s go-to budget option in attack - over 39 per cent FPL ownership - and Wilson hasn’t disappointed, delivering a massive 92-pts for a measly £6m starting price. Of course, his 8-goals and eight assists from 15 appearances have resulted in a hefty hike, but £7m for an attacker who sits just behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang overall is an absolute steal. So, his absence in the early kick-off hit a lot of managers hard. There had been no indication prior and no mention during Fridays pre-match press conference. Rumours began to circulate around 30 minutes before the deadline, chatter which proved to be well-placed once the team news was confirmed. "I don't think his injury is going to be long-term. He's got a grade one hamstring injury, so we'll try to get him fit for Wolves," Howe confirmed post-match.
Dec 11 - 7:59 AM

AFC Bournemouth were no match on a day Mo Salah decided to grab a hat trick as Steve Cook was the culprit of an own goal in a forgettable 0-4 loss to Liverpool.

It was a lively atmosphere at Vitality Stadium and the Cherries will have felt a victim of poor refereeing in the first half, but Liverpool would make it clear over 90 minutes that they deserved the points. As the two sides felt each other out, it was Bournemouth who came the closest first midway through the opening half, A series of quick passes set up David Brooks from close range but his effort missed the target. The Reds would make the Cherries pay for the missed chance two minutes later with the opening goal, but the home side were the victim of a missed offside call. The second half was a horror show as Mo Salah gave the defense nightmares and Steve Cook had an especially unpleasant day by turning a cross into his own net. Added to the bad result, Callum Wilson was a late scratch and did not feature.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 8 - 9:45 AM

Bournemoth's Lewis Cook has suffered a massive blow after being ruled out for six to nine months with a knee injury.

The 21-year old England international suffered the injury during Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over Huddersfield, though he played all 90 minutes. "I'm devastated with my injury but this is just a bump in the road. I'll be back stronger and better. The hard work starts now," said Cook, whilst Eddie Howe expressed his and the club's devastation for the player. Dan Gosling should be in pole position to partner Jefferson Lerma consistently in Cook's absence.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 6 - 2:24 PM

David Brooks' wrongly disallowed early goal was the difference between a strong draw and a frustrating loss for Eddie Howe's Cherries.

Brooks continued his strong form on Sunday. He should have had the early goal to put his side up. Late in first half stoppage time he was rewarded as his pass put Joshua King in on goal for a dramatic equalizer. Brooks looks like a rising star opposite Ryan Fraser and should be claimed in all draft leagues.
Source: Espn.com
Nov 25 - 10:37 AM

Ryan Fraser racked up a goal and an assist in Scotaland's international break win over Albania.

The goal was Fraser's first in his national colors, and it was another milestone in what has been a fantastic start to the season for the diminutive winger. The goal itself was a curling effort from inside the box after receiving a pass and turning his man. Fraser also set up a goal for James Forrest to complete the rout 4-0 rout. The end of Bournemouth's good run of fixtures means that the in-form Fraser is suddenly being considered as a disposable asset in fantasy teams, however with Arsenal to come in GW13, managers would do well to be patient with him. The Cherries are in the top-six for a reason and currently sit just four points behind the Gunners whose defence has been about as resilient as Howe's men's.
Source: The Guardian
Nov 20 - 12:49 PM

Bournemouth will be without the services Adam Smith until 2019 after the defender had surgery.

The full-back was stretchered off at St James’ Park in game week twelve after his right knee gave way following a heavy challenge by Matt Ritchie. Smith fell to the turf as he prepared himself for a free-kick and there were fears that the injury could be season-ending. "It looks like a serious one, we won't know until it's scanned but it doesn't look good," Eddie Howe said after the defeat to Newcastle. "I don't think it's a cruciate but it would be foolish of me to give a clear view without a scan." However, following an extensive medical assessment, the injury is better than initially anticipated with no ligament damage and the 27-year-old underwent a procedure to repair a cartilage tear. The setback is expected to keep him sidelined for up to three months. Smith has started every Premier League game this season, but his absence could open the door for Charlie Daniels, himself just back after a knee injury.
Nov 19 - 3:48 PM

Bournemouth will look to the international break to regroup after losing their second straight, a 2-1 loss to Newcastle.

Bournemouth conceded early with a seventh minute goal and found themselves in deep trouble on the road when Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon added his second goal of the afternoon in the 40th minute. While the Cherries managed to cut the lead in half just before halftime thanks to a wonderful diving header from Jefferson Lerma, it was not enough to bring a point down to the south coast. To make matters worse, Adam Smith was taken off on a stretcher in the 29th minute after he suffered a non-contact knee injury that looks to be serious while dummying a free kick.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 10 - 12:15 PM

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will make a late decision on playing Josh King this weekend.

During the last international break in October, King picked up an injury which has caused him to miss the Cherries' last three outings. King has been training with the first team this week but Howe is undecided: "At the moment, we're not sure if he'll play or not, so we'll have to see." Otherwise, Bournemouth have a clean bill of health for the GW12 clash with Newcastle.
Nov 9 - 6:31 AM

The opening act was all AFC Bournemouth but the Cherries could not add to an early goal and Manchester United would break their hearts with a late winner in a 1-2 final at Vitality Stadium.

The opening half hour was electric for the Cherries, as they put tons of pressure on United, with Ryan Fraser and Junior Stanislas, the latter making his first league start of the season, giving the Red Devils plenty to worry about on the flanks. It would be Callum Wilson who would provide the lead though, as Stanislas recovered his own corner before feeding Wilson for his 50th goal as a Cherry. Failure to add to their lead would cost them though, as United began to crawl back in to the game while the Cherries looked to have run out of gas in the second half. They did have one big chance in 50th minute, but David Brooks had his ball saved from just a couple yards out. Despite the tough loss, Stanislas looked sharp and was heavily involved on set pieces, as he is poised to become a regular once again.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 3 - 10:32 AM

Simon Francis hobbled off late in Bournemouth's 2-1 win over Norwich in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

In his post-match press comments, Eddie Howe revealed that Francis "tweaked his groin" before being forced off. As of yet, Bournemouth have not revealed the severity of the injury, although we will surely have more clarity from Howe's press conference ahead of the visit of Manchester United to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Oct 31 - 4:42 PM

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas scored again on his return from injury as a "disjointed" Cherries display was just enough to progress to the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Howe made eight changes from the side which beat Fulham at the weekend, retaining just captain Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels and Steve Cook. The chances were distributed evenly early on, with Defoe and Ibe unsuccessful. Just before the interval, Stanislas danced beyond Alex Tettey on the left side of the box and found the top-right corner with a good effort. Norwich missed multiple opportunities to pull level, testing Artur Boruc, and eventually got beyond the ex-Polish international through Onel Hernandez. Steve Cook finished off Pugh's blocked shot from a corner later and Bournemouth hung on, though they lost Simon Francis to injury late on.
Oct 31 - 4:38 PM

On Friday, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed his squad were in "pretty good" shape ahead of the trip Fulham.

He did mention that a couple of players – which he did not name – had picked up "little knocks" but stressed that they "should be okay". There was certainly no mention of Joshua King who has been managing a minor ankle issue since picking up the problem while playing for Norway during the last international break. King had since played 90 minutes in the Nations League [against Bulgaria], before following up with a start in the Premier League versus Southampton, suggesting the injury was not serious. However, whether King suffered a setback or Eddie Howe decided not to risk him any further, he was omitted from the matchday squad. In his place, Charlie Daniels was recalled to the starting XI as the Cherries tweaked their formation. Bournemouth play again in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, a game which will come too soon for King. He now faces a race against time to face Manchester United [GW11].
Oct 29 - 1:16 PM

Callum Wilson found the net twice and David Brooks continued his fantastic debut Premier League season as Bournemouth beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are enduring their worst ever start to a Premier League season, whilst Bournemouth are having their best. The Cherries took the lead early on as Fulham's self-destructing defence continued to malfunction. Timothy Fosu-Mensah clumsily fouled Callum Wilson and the in-form striker converted his penalty. In spite of the pressure, Bournemouth took their time to double their lead but it was David Brook's who finished off a counter-attack, supplied by Ryan Fraser. The wee Scotsman was again the provider as Wilson completed his brace late-on. The third came only after Kevin McDonald was sent off for his second bookable offence. Bournemouth keep up with the PL's top teams for another week.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 27 - 12:01 PM

Southampton's visit to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth on Saturday ended up in a scoreless draw.

The team news reveal an hour before kick-off was probably the most dramatic moment concerning the game. Ryan Fraser and Josh King passed late fitness tests to unexpectedly start. Charlie Austin and Danny Ings led the Saints' line. Callum Wilson had a chance in the opening minute whilst Brooks and Hojbjerg also recorded first half efforts. Mario Lemina picked up a knock and was replaced after the hour mark, just minutes after Josh King toed a good opportunity wide. Both sides had a few more chances, and Bournemouth had a penalty appeal turned down as a tackle by Cedric was adjudged to be legal. The battle of the south coast left us goalless, though Southampton needed a win much more than the Cherries.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 20 - 12:03 PM

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook is determined to keep his starting place for Bournemouth having spent August and September watching on from the bench.

The 21 year-old midfielder played just 29 minutes in the opening two months of the season before returning to the first XI for the recent two victories over Crystal Palace and Watford. "I wasn’t frustrated, you just have to be patient. It’s such a hard league you have to take your chances," he told the Daily Echo. Cook's attitude to the period appears to have been good before and afterwards. He understands his teammates started the season well and Eddie Howe has praised his professionalism. Cook is starting on the bench for England's U-21 side on Tuesday in a European qualifier.
Oct 16 - 12:18 PM


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