Howe laments double blow

14 February 2017 05:44:51 EST

Eddie Howe hopes that Jack Wilshere and Simon Francis did not pick up serious injuries during Bournemouth's 2-0 home loss to Manchester City on Monday.

Wilshere was replaced by Benik Afobe in first-half stoppage time after experiencing discomfort in his ankle while Cherries captain Simon Francis had to be substituted after suffering a hamstring problem.

On Wilshere, Howe said: "He is just feeling his ankle. I don't think there is any major injury there. It wasn't one moment in the game, he just felt he couldn't move as freely as he wanted to."

When asked about Francis' injury, the Bournemouth boss said: "I don't know, we will wait and see. He is feeling his hamstring again.

"He went to make a pass and felt a similar pain to how he felt the first time. Losing the two players was the key moment in the game for us - our captain and a player of Jack's quality."

City opened the scoring through Raheem Sterling before a Tyrone Mings own goal settled the match and the defeat leaves free-falling Bournemouth at 6/1 to be relegated this season.

Howe's side are available at 11/4 to beat West Brom in their next Premier League match on 25th February while the Cherries are 11/4 to keep a clean sheet at The Hawthorns.

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