AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has given an update on the injury sustained by Simon Francis in yesterday’s 5-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, the defender was stretchered off during the first half of the match at Wembley Stadium.

Howe revealed that Francis is suspected of damaging his knee and was sent straight to the hospital, with early evidence suggesting it is a serious injury.

The 33-year-old has been a regular at right-back for the Cherries ever since he joined the club from Charlton Athletic in January 2012.

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He has featured in 17 of the club’s 19 Premier League matches this campaign, but now looks set for a significant spell out of action.

Although there is never a good time to sustain an injury this is a particularly bad one for the Cherries, with Howe’s squad looking thin on the ground already.

Both Adam Smith and Lewis Cook are currently sidelined with knee injuries of their own, so Howe may be forced to dip into the transfer market when it opens next week.

On Francis’s injury, the manager said:

He has gone for a scan on his knee – it doesn’t look good. We are very concerned it’s a serious injury. It’s hugely disappointing for a player who has been magnificent for the football club. No thoughts tonight are with anything other than him and his family. We hope it’s not as bad as it looks but we fear that’s the case.

I haven’t spoken to him or seen him (since the injury) but I’m sure he will be desperately disappointed not to be able to perform with the team. It’s a time where we are going to be stretched and tested. It’s very unusual you get the number of serious injuries which we have suffered. We are stretched to the limit. We were stretched already before this injury so this is going to add a different dimension. But let’s get the result of the scan and then see what we do.