Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall says midfielder Lewis Cook needed stitches after suffering a gash in his leg during his side’s 3-1 win over Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.
Cook was forced off late in the first half as the Cherries continued their promising start to the season by picking up all three points at St Andrew’s, and it seems as though the heavy collision with Birmingham midfielder Gary Gardner that led to the midfielder’s withdrawal has left quite an impact Cook.
Speaking about Cook’s injury after the game, Tindall told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “Unfortunately Lewis got a deep gash to his shin. Not quite sure how many stitches he’s had but it was a deep gash.”
Assessing the impact that the loss of Cook could had on his side, Tindall was full of praise for the midfielder’s performance, and was also hopeful the blow will not rule the 23-year-old out long-term, as he went on to add: “Really disappointed, it was a big blow for us to lose Lewis Cook because I thought at the time he was outstanding.
“He started the game excellent, but it’s something which shouldn’t keep him out too long. Hopefully he should be back after the international break.”
Despite the nature of Cook’s injury, Tindall had no qualms about the nature of the challenge between Cook and Gardner, as when asked if he had any issues with it, the Bournemouth boss responded: “No, it was a 50-50 challenge.
“Both players went in fully committed and unfortunately for us and for Lew, he came out worse and he had to come off but thankfully it’s something that’s not too serious.”
Bournemouth, who now sit fourth in the table, one point off the automatic promotion spots, return to action after the international break on the 21st September, when they host league leaders Reading at The Vitality Stadium.
That this does not look to be a serious issue for Cook will no doubt be a big relief from a Bournemouth perspective.
The midfielder has become an increasingly important part of their side in recent seasons, and they would not have wanted to lose him for any length of time, particularly with the busy schedule to come after the November international break.
I also think you have to credit Tindall here for his fairness when it comes to his assessment of the tackle, since many managers may well be inclined to criticise an opposition player for a challenge that injured one of his key players, something the Bournemouth boss has chosen not to do here.