February 26, 2019 / 11:08 AM / 22 days ago

Bournemouth's Stanislas, Cook to miss Arsenal clash with injury

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - January 30, 2019 Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas during the warm up REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - Bournemouth will be without the injured Junior Stanislas and Steve Cook for Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal, manager Eddie Howe said on Tuesday.

Midfielder Stanislas, who last played in Bournemouth’s loss to Cardiff City this month, is battling a hip flexor issue while defender Cook is overcoming the groin problem that forced him out of the draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out.

“Junior will be out. Steve’s had a long-standing groin problem for a couple of months, having moments when it’s been better than in other moments and then in the build-up to the game it got too much for him,” Howe told reporters.

“It was a real blow to lose him (Cook). He’s been one of the big leaders in our dressing room and we missed him.”

Howe said striker Callum Wilson (knee) and midfielder David Brooks (ankle) were making progress from their injuries but would not be available for the trip to London.

“We haven’t seen them join in training yet, and that shows you they won’t be ready for this game,” Howe added.

Bournemouth, who sit 10th in the standings with 34 points from 27 games, are looking to snap a run of three games without a victory.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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