Bournemouth’s striker and player of the season so far Callum Wilson has been ruled out of action for the next six months with a knee injury.
Wilson went down after a challenge from Philipp Wollscheid in their away game against Stoke City in which they lost 2-1. After taking the knock and receiving attention from the medical staff, Wilson felt okay to carry on. However, moments after returning to the game he collapsed whilst jogging innocuously.
The 23 year-old has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a serious joint injury that could have him out of the game for well over six months, dependant on recovery.
Wilson is not the only Bournemouth player to have suffered from almost identical injuries this season as their two most expensive signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel fell victim to similar bad luck in the previous game against leicester.
What is worse in this case is that Wilson was top of the Premier League scoring chart with five goals before the incident this weekend. He would have been instrumental to any chances Bournemouth had of staying in the top England’s top division.
Speaking at a press conference, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, said:
“It’s very disappointing for Callum after what has been an exceptional start to the season, but I am sure he will come back fitter and stronger.
“Callum is the type of character who won’t be fazed by such a setback, and I am sure he will turn this experience into a positive in the long run.
“As I have said many times before though, this kind of setback offers others the opportunity to step up to the plate, show everybody what they can do and make a real impact at this level.”