Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has, this morning, been ruled out for a minimum of six months following an injury picked up on Saturday. The Cherries striker has been diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is set to miss a huge chunk of the season – if not all of it.
It was only 17 minutes in to the game at Britannia Stadium when Wilson went down injured. The game ultimately finished 2-1 to Stoke City. Despite an equaliser from Dan Gosling in the 76th minute, Bournemouth failed to hold to what would have been an excellent point. However, what will hurt more than losing the game late on, is the loss of Cherries number 13.
In the summer, Eddie Howe managed to sign Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace – who will likely be a straight swap for Wilson in the starting 11. Albeit a fine replacement with a knowledge for the Premier League, Wilson was just starting to hit the ground running in England’s top flight. Scoring 5 in his opening 6 games before Saturday.
Alongside the huge blow of Wilson, Howe also has summer signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings out injured for a large proportion of the season due to anterior cruciate ligament injuries themselves. Totalling over £14 million between the pair.
Wilson’s loss could be far more costly than any £14 million. You could argue that his loss could cost them their season – meaning his price tag is whatever survival in the Premier League equates to. It was known from the start that if Bournemouth wanted to battle for safety they’d have to avoid an injury crisis – which they have failed to do.
On the other hand, you’d be stupid to discredit Eddie Howe’s ability to pull through tough times; and with him at the helm in this scenario, survival is far from impossible.
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