Eddie Howe has provided an update on the fitness of Steve Cook, after the stopper was forced off early on in his side’s defeat to Liverpool.
Plucky Bournemouth downed
The Cherries made the daunting trip to Anfield a short time ago, for a Premier League meeting with the table-topping Reds.
Bournemouth headed into proceedings desperate for a positive result, having sat in the relegation zone ahead of kick-off.
And, to their credit, Eddie Howe’s men put up a stern test to a vastly more talented Liverpool side over the course of the 90 minutes this afternoon.
When all was said and done, though, the class of the hosts proved just too much.
Bournemouth actually took the lead in the clash inside 10 minutes, after Callum Wilson slotted home from close range.
But Liverpool’s dynamic front-line soon hit back, as Sadio Mane added to Mo Salah’s equaliser to send the Reds into the interval with the lead.
And this was how things remained until the full-time whistle, as a goalless second-half saw Liverpool’s charge towards the Premier League title resume, and Bournemouth’s relegation fears deepen.
Highlights: Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth
As outlined above, meanwhile, Bournemouth’s defeat at Anfield was also compounded by a blow on the personnel front.
The individual to have picked up the problem was defender Steve Cook.
With less than 20 minutes on the clock, Cherries captain Cook pulled up with a hamstring issue, before eventually being forced to limp off.
And the immediate news on the 28-year-old looks far from reassuring from a Bournemouth perspective.
Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s defeat, Eddie Howe confirmed that Cook looks likely to be out of action for ‘a few weeks’:
On injuries. Eddie Howe says Simon Francis had swelling on his knee. Steve Cook hamstring, doesn’t look good, likely a ‘few weeks’. Billing not sure. #afcb
— Peter Rutzler (@peterrutzler) March 7, 2020