Cape Town - Bournemouth have been dealt an injury blow with the news
that David Brooks has had to undergo ankle injury and will be sidelined for
The Wales international rolled his ankle during
Bournemouth’s 3-1 pre-season win at Brentford on Saturday.
PA understands Brooks has been booked in for surgery this
week, and the Cherries have put a 12-week recovery timescale on the forward who
shone last season after making an £11.5million move from Sheffield United.
Brooks scored seven goals in 30 Premier League appearances
and was linked with Manchester United and Tottenham.
The injury to the 22-year-old also spells bad news for Wales
ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifying programme resuming in September.
Brooks, who was named 2018 Wales player of the year and
scored his first international goal during the 2-1 defeat to Croatia in June,
will miss his country’s next three qualifiers.
He is out of the visit from Azerbaijan in September, as well
as the trip to Slovakia and the home game against Croatia in October.
Bournemouth suffered a second injury blow on Monday when
summer signing Lloyd Kelly damaged his ankle during training.
Kelly’s injury is not as bad as first feared but the
20-year-old full-back, who joined from Bristol City for £13million, will
definitely miss the Premier League opener at home to Sheffield United on August
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is already expected to be
without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels and Dan
Gosling for the start of the new campaign.
Meanwhile, Cherries defender Brad Smith has extended his
loan stay with Seattle Sounders until the end of the MLS season.
Smith, who began his career at Liverpool, originally joined
the Sounders last August and has played in 25 MLS matches.
The Sounders currently sit second in the Western Conference
standings behind LAFC, with the regular season due to end in October.