Another blow for Lewis Cook as he is ruled out until 2017

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Enzo Perez

The Bournemouth midfielder only joined the club from Leeds United in the summer.

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Alvaro MedranBournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Alvaro Medran

Since leaving Leeds United things have not exactly gone to plan for midfielder Lewis Cook.

The youngster departed for Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer with the hopes of making it at the Vitality Stadium.

His exit was not welcomed by Leeds fans, who felt he was one of the best prospects to come out of their youth academy in years.

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Enzo PerezBournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Enzo Perez

However, things have not gone well for Cook since his move to the Premier League.

Not long after signing Bournemouth then brought in a rather competitive rival for first-team football – with Jack Wilshere arriving on loan from Arsenal.

Now his season has taken another bad turn. He has suffered a serious ankle injury and may not be back in action until 2017.

Bournemouth manager Eddie HoweBournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Speaking to the Daily Echo his new boss Eddie Howe had this to say on Cook’s injury and recovery:

"Lewis is not going to need surgery, which is a really positive outcome. The specialist believed we could, potentially, get him back within three months.

"The fact he doesn't need surgery is a huge boost to him and us.

"The timescale was around the lines of what we were expecting but we were hoping he wouldn't have to go under the knife because then there are long-term implications with that."

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goalLeeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goal

Leeds fans will of course not wish any ill will on Cook. His exit was expected considering his talent and the troubles the club were having in tying him down to a new deal.

Cook, who has played just once in the Premier League for his new club, will hopefully get back on track in the new year.

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