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Lewis Cook to miss nine months with cruciate injury

The midfielder just broke into the England set up

Bournemouth have confirmed that Lewis Cook will miss nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 21-year-old was stretchered off during Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Huddersfield and will be out for between six-nine months.

“We are all devastated for Lewis,” said manager Eddie Howe.

“It is a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months.

“But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is merely a setback and to know that he can come back better than ever.

“He will have the full support and love of everyone at the club throughout the next few months as he receives the very best treatment and rehabilitation possible.”

The injury will come as a huge blow to Cook who was just beginning to establish himself as a Bournemouth regular.