Simon Francis injury: Bournemouth captain facing up to nine months out after rupturing ACL against Tottenham


Simon Francis injury: Bournemouth captain facing up to nine months out after rupturing ACL against Tottenham

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis could be out for up to nine months with a cruciate ligament injury.

Francis, 33, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during their 5-0 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

Francis was in a huge amount of respect after going down

He was carried from the field on a stretcher and after being assessed by the Cherries’ medical staff, underwent a scan in London on Wednesday evening which revealed the extent of the damage.

Manager Eddie Howe told the club’s official website, www.afcb.co.uk: “We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury.

“It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.

“There is a long road ahead, but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.

“He will receive the best possible medical care, as well as the love and support of everyone at the club.”

Nottingham-born Francis joined Bournemouth from Charlton in July 2012 after a successful loan spell and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.