Lewis Cook & Chris Mepham: Mixed injury news for Bournemouth before Everton

Bournemouth vs Everton

On Sunday in the Premier League, Bournemouth will be searching for three points against Everton.

The Cherries are down in 15th place in the Premier League table, with only four points from four games.

Everton are in sixth spot with seven points on the board.

Lewis Cook injury boost

As confirmed by the Bournemouth Echo, Lewis Cook could soon be back in action for Eddie Howe.

Cook played an hour in midweek in a friendly game against QPR. The Echo report:

Lewis Cook stepped up his recovery from long-term injury by playing an hour for Cherries in a behind-closed-doors fixture against Queens Park Rangers.

Cook has been sidelined with a knee ligament injury.

 

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A note on Simon Francis

Simon Francis has been another long-term injury absentee for Bournemouth.

Francis has been out of action since last December, when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Francis didn’t compete in the midweek game against QPR.

However, following earlier quotes from Eddie Howe, the hope is that Francis could return to training soon:

Will Chris Mepham be available vs Everton?

That’s in doubt.

Chris Mepham was subbed out of the international friendly between Wales and Belarus in midweek.

As confirmed by the Bournemouth Echo, Mepham’s substitution was forced:

Cherries will be hoping Chris Mepham has not joined the club’s lengthy list of absentees.

(Mepham) was withdrawn on 77 minutes due to an injury concern and replaced by Charlton Athletic’s Tom Lockyer.

For the record, Mepham has played 90 minutes in all of Bournemouth’s matches this season.

The defender also got on the score-sheet in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the beginning of the campaign.

Also see: Everton’s Yerry Mina fined £10,000 after breaking FA betting rules – BBC.

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