AFC Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels will miss the start of next season after undergoing surgery to repair an injury picked up in training.

As reported by talkSPORT, Daniels suffered the blow, which centres around his left knee, in a session last week and has since gone under the knife.

The 32-year-old has made 24 Premier League appearances for the Cherries this season, including their defeat at Leicester City 10 days ago.

The experienced defender has featured at both left centre-back and left-back this campaign, depending on the formation manager Eddie Howe has chosen to deploy.

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His one goal this term came in the 4-0 demolition of Chelsea at Vitality Stadium in January, and Daniels will now not score another goal for the foreseeable future.

On their website, the South Coast club explained that Daniels had ‘subluxed his patella and required surgery to stabilise the patella’.

Adam Smith is likely to take his position at left-back in the coming matches, as he did in Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Burnley.

Bournemouth travel to Brighton and Hove Albion this Saturday before hosting already relegated Fulham next weekend.

Is Adam Smith a suitable replacement for Daniels?