Summer signing out of pre-season

July 22, 2016

Boss Eddie Howe says he expects summer signing Emerson Hyndman to miss most of Bournemouth’s pre-season with an ankle injury.

The 20-year-old, who signed for the Cherries on a free transfer in June after his contract with Fulham expired, has not been able to train since Bournemouth began their tour of the United States.

Howe admits the injury will take some time to heal, claiming he will miss much of the team’s build-up to the new campaign.

“Emerson Hyndman hasn’t trained since the first day of the tour,” Howe told Cherries Player HD.

“It’s a mysterious one because he doesn’t remember any tackle, any knock or any twist but has ended up with an ankle injury, so he will probably be another couple of weeks. He might miss most of pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Bournemouth also have concerns over striker Benik Afobe’s fitness after he picked up a knee injury while Stateside and are set to send him for a scan upon their return to England on Thursday. Afobe was one of several players missing for the Cherries’ finale of their USA tour as they easily defeated Minnesota United 4-0.