English Premiership

Howe delighted with Cook return

2017-02-03 14:20
Eddie Howe (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he is delighted by the return of midfielder Lewis Cook after a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

The recent news of star striker Callum Wilson being ruled out for the rest of the season has come as a bitter blow to the Cherries but Howe is remaining optimistic by focusing on the return of the highly-rated midfielder.

Cook arrived at the Vitality Stadium at the start of the campaign from Leeds United for a reported £10million fee but has only featured four times for the club after injuring his ankle on international duty with England's U-20 side last year.

Nonetheless, Howe admits he's pleased to have the 20-year-old available for selection again after a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

"Lewis has been looking good. I'm pleased with him and he was involved in the training game last Friday. I was pleased with his impact in that game," he told the Daily Echo.

"At this time of year, when you've been looking around for players and you get someone of that quality coming back into your squad, it does feel like a new signing, so it's been really good to see him back in amongst the group."

Cook scored two goals and registered five assists in 85 games for Leeds before winning the 2016 Football League Young Player of the Year Award - previously won by the likes of Dele Alli and Gareth Bale.

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