|Lewis Cook hit injury against Huddersfield|
Bournemouth might be without England midfielder Lewis Cook for up to 9 months after he suffered a heavy knee injury during his side's 2-1 Premier League win against Huddersfield city on Tuesday.
The south coast club, who face high-flying Liverpool on Saturday, said scans on Wednesday disclosed the 21-year-old had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
We are all desolated for Lewis," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the club website on Thursday.
It could be a vast blow to a very proficient player who has been a really vital part of our team over the last 18 months.
But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is simply a setback and to grasp that he can return better than ever."
Cook an England under-21 captain who joined Bournemouth from Leeds United in July 2016, has made 15 appearances for the club this season.
Bournemouth are seventh within the league, behind Everton and ahead of Manchester United on goal distinction.