Howe doubts Wilshere suffered ‘major injury’

Date published: Tuesday 14th February 2017 9:23

Eddie Howe said Jack Wilshere was “just feeling his ankle” before he was withdrawn during the defeat to Manchester City on Monday.

Bournemouth lost both Wilshere and Simon Francis to first-half injuries as they continued their winless start to 2017.

They also had a first-half goal from Joshua King disallowed for a foul on John Stones when they were 1-0 down, but their manager Eddie Howe agreed referee Neil Swarbrick’s decision was correct.

“I thought that goal should have stood at the time, but there’s a clear pull there,” said the 39-year-old.

“Jack is just feeling his ankle. I don’t think there’s a major injury there. He just felt he couldn’t move as freely as he wanted to and had a pain in his ankle, so we took him off.

“Simon is feeling his hamstring again, similar pain to the first time. Any injuries we get to established first-team players are going to be difficult to manage.”

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