Friday, 21 February 2014

Injuries are hard to avoid in the Championship

Charlie Daniels' thigh muscle tear is a real set-back for him and AFCB. Hearing that he will be out for up to eight weeks is not the news we all wanted to hear but the Cherries have good cover in Ian Harte and it was always likely that some players would pick up injuries over the winter period.
Eunan was in the wars last weekend.
The depth of the squad is going to be tested at times like these. It does sound like Elliott Ward will be back sooner and I hope he has a speedy recovery, although again Cook and Elphick are guarding the fort well enough at the moment.

It does perhaps mean that Eddie Howe will not let many more go out on loan if the team is getting stretched. In interview though he did say that he is not looking to bring any more players in at the moment. He also sounded confident that Eunan O'Kane's injury was hopefully not too bad, while the head injury to Matt Ritchie did not slow him down in the second half against Burnley.  
Rantie also took a knock as well as Ritchie.
We also saw Tokelo Rantie go down at one stage of the game against Burnley. There does not seem a week at the moment when one of our players is not being flown out to Rome but it is important that the players are treated quickly and recover well to keep the mood in the camp high. AFCB do seem to be one of the less physical teams in this league and it may be that over the summer there is plenty more gym work to be done so that AFCB's players are a greater physical match for some of their opponents in the division.

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