BOURNEMOUTH are reeling from a new double blow to Welsh wizard David Brooks and new boy Lloyd Kelly.
Eddie Howe’s plans have been hit after attacker Brooks turned his ankle badly in training and now faces surgery.
Brooks, 22, has been in dazzling form in pre-season but could now be sidelines for two or three months.
Even worse, £13million signing Kelly has also damaged ligaments in his ankle and could be out for a chunk of the opening matches.
Howe will now look to recruit new short-term solutions as his careful preparations were cruelly hit.
It is just the latest blow for the Cherries, as Dan Gosling faces three months on the sidelines after suffering a freak hip injury.
Midfield dynamo Gosling detached a muscle from his hip and underwent surgery to repair the damage.
The 29-year-old picked up the injury in training and went under the knife at the weekend.
This is bad news for Howe as the ex-Everton man will now be absent for a chunk of the Cherries‘ opening games.
The Bournemouth boss is now ready to make a £25m move for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson.
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SunSport revealed Billing was arriving for £15million to strengthen Howe’s central midfield – and Wilson is also on his list of targets.
Newcastle and Aston Villa have looked at the 22-year-old wide man but Howe is in pole position to land him.
He is willing to pay £25m after Wilson impressed on loan at Derby last season under Frank Lampard and reached the Championship play-off final.