February 2, 2019 / 1:36 PM / 21 days ago

Bournemouth dealt Brooks blow with midfielder out for a month

FILE PHOTO - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - January 30, 2019 Bournemouth's David Brooks is substituted after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has been ruled out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury, according to British media reports, in a significant blow for manager Eddie Howe.

The 21-year-old Welshman, who joined the club from second-tier Sheffield United in July, has been in top form, scoring six goals with four assists in his first Premier League season.

Sky Sports reported that Brooks sustained the injury after scoring in Bournemouth’s 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea on Wednesday.

He is set to miss the south-coast club’s league matches with Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Manchester City along with the trip to Cardiff City later on Saturday.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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