Bournemouth’s top scorer Callum Wilson will be out of action for at least six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The striker sustained the injury in the Cherries 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Saturday.
The injury happened after just 17 minutes of the clash in a challenge with Potters defender Philip Wollscheid. Wilson received treatment, before coming back on, only to crumble to a heap and ask for assistance.
The news is a terrible blow for Eddie Howe’s side, as Wilson has scored five goals in the Premier League this season, and also scored 23 goals last season in helping the Cherries to promotion to the top-flight.
Wilson is the third Bournemouth in recent months to have picked-up a relatively long-term injury. Record-signing Tyrone Mings and fellow summer signing Max Gradel are out for the rest of the campaign, and six months respectably.
Bournemouth has not been prolific in front of goal, so Wilson being injured will be a big blow for the Cherries. Deadline day signing Glenn Murray is now expected to lead the line for the Cherries for the foreseeable future.
Bournemouth host fellow Premier League new boys Watford on Saturday in a crucial game for the Dorset side.
Will Bournemouth be able to survive relegation without Callum Wilson?