Bournemouth received some terrible news after it was confirmed that forward Callum Wilson, who left the field injured on Saturday at Stoke's Britannia stadium, has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The 23-year-old was treated on the sidelines on Saturday after being on the pitch for only 17 minutes - the injury was the outcome of a tackle from Philipp Wollscheid. Not long after returning to the game, the player collapsed to the ground and signalled desperately for assistance.
Scans have shown that the serious knee injury will need surgery, and that, along with a lengthy rehabilitation period, will see the goalscorer out of the Bournemouth team for at least six months.
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No one can doubt that the most important thing in a football team is a potent striker and with Wilson scoring 23 goals in Bournemouth's promotion season, they would have been hoping that he would have been able to produce a similar number of goals in England's top league - something that would have strengthened their chances of staying up massively.
The south coast club has already had injury setbacks this season. In fact, Wilson is the third Bournemouth player to be sidelined with anterior cruciate ligament damage after Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel sustained the same injury last month.
Wilson had been tipped by manager Eddie Howe for an England call-up, with the youngster scoring five of the nine goals his team has registered so far this season. But now Howe will just have to hope that Bournemouth are still in with a chance of survival by the time he gets Wilson and his other injured players back for selection.
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