Bournemouth to be without two key players for Liverpool clash

Bournemouth will be without two key players when they host Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Lewis Cook is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury while Dan Gosling is also set to miss the game with his own knee issue.

Defender Adam Smith (knee) will remain sidelined as he continues his rehabilitation.

Cook suffered the cruciate ligament problem in the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield and will be sidelined for nine months.

“We are all devastated for Lewis,” said Cherries boss 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.

Cook faces nine months on the sidelines
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“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.”

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