Cherries: Anxious wait for luckless Demouge

FRANK Demouge faces an anxious wait to discover whether he has suffered another setback in his bid to regain full fitness after being forced off during Cherries’ friendly at Exeter today.

The luckless Dutch striker, who has endured an injury-ravaged start to his career at Goldsands Stadium, was substituted at the interval after taking a knock early in the first half.

Demouge had been hoping to impress watching Cherries boss Eddie Howe but his chance to stake a claim was hampered after he took a heavy blow to the calf inside the opening minutes.

And despite trying to play through the pain barrier for the remainder of the first half at the Grecians’ training ground, the 30-year-old eventually succumbed at the break and was replaced by Ryan Case.

Demouge, who missed the start of the season due to a knee problem, made his eagerly-awaited debut in Cherries’ 2-1 defeat by Walsall at the end of September.

However, he suffered concussion in his next appearance and was forced off during the early stages of the 3-1 reverse at Crawley, which proved to be Paul Groves’s final game as manager.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Cherries boss Howe said: “We don’t know the extent of Frank’s injury and will have to assess him in the morning.”

Howe and assistant Jason Tindall took the opportunity to cast their eye over a number of squad players as Cherries battled out a 1-1 draw with Exeter.

Striker Wes Thomas, who recently enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Portsmouth, grabbed Cherries’ equaliser in the 74th minute following good work by Eunan O’Kane.

Thomas and O’Kane were joined in the starting line-up by first teamers Lorenzo Davids, Stephane Zubar, Joe Partington, Mark Molesley, Wes Fogden and Donal McDermott.

Howe added: “It was a good, competitive game and a lot of the players needed the work-out. Certain players haven’t played a lot of football so it was good for them to get minutes under their belt and they will all benefit.”

Asked specifically about Molesley, Howe said: “He played 90 minutes and it will do him the world of good because that is really what he needs. I thought he did well.”

Meanwhile, Howe confirmed he had shelved plans to possibly bring in a loan player to cover for right-back Simon Francis.

Francis was ruled out of Cherries’ trip to Doncaster due to a hip problem and there were concerns he could have been set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

However, although the injury is not as serious as had been first feared, Francis remains a major doubt for Cherries’ forthcoming Goldsands Stadium double-header against Oldham and Stevenage.

Howe watched Chelsea under-21s host Crystal Palace on Monday, although reports suggesting he is preparing to make a loan move for Blues pair Billy Clifford and George Saville are understood to be wide of the mark.

Cherries: Tierney, Cargill (Bassele, 85), Zubar (Strugnell, 60), Partington, Molesley, O'Kane, Davids, Fogden (Makoni, 85), McDermott, Thomas, Demouge (Case, h-t).

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8:21pm Tue 13 Nov 12

fletch for manager says...

Bin him off, a total liability..
Bin him off, a total liability.. fletch for manager

8:31pm Tue 13 Nov 12

West moors 1 says...

From he very limited time we have seen him play, he's worth sticking with. When fit, he's a mobile replacement for the Fletch, who has no longer got the legs to chase down the ball or move quickly to receive it.
From he very limited time we have seen him play, he's worth sticking with. When fit, he's a mobile replacement for the Fletch, who has no longer got the legs to chase down the ball or move quickly to receive it. West moors 1

9:24pm Tue 13 Nov 12

ducky24 says...

He plays like the good old donkey formerly known as Derek Holmes! The last game he played he was soooooo sloooooooow! Get rid of him! Good luck with that! Who would even want him?? Bournemouth don't need a Fletch type Centre Forward any more.
He plays like the good old donkey formerly known as Derek Holmes! The last game he played he was soooooo sloooooooow! Get rid of him! Good luck with that! Who would even want him?? Bournemouth don't need a Fletch type Centre Forward any more. ducky24

3:13am Wed 14 Nov 12

Aussie Cherry says...

Every time I read an article on Demouge getting another injury, I cant help but think of Roger Boli....I just hope that this transfer does not end in the same manner.
Every time I read an article on Demouge getting another injury, I cant help but think of Roger Boli....I just hope that this transfer does not end in the same manner. Aussie Cherry

7:29am Wed 14 Nov 12

Talkingheadera says...

Don't judge after 1 game.a lot of early arter critics are quiet now.
He played for quite a while in the top Dutch league so must have something about him.
Fletch was useless when first arrived.!
Don't judge after 1 game.a lot of early arter critics are quiet now. He played for quite a while in the top Dutch league so must have something about him. Fletch was useless when first arrived.! Talkingheadera

8:34am Wed 14 Nov 12

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Give him a chance, flippin heck, writing a player off before he is even fit!! He was drafted in by Groves as part of his desperate attempt to win us over and that failed, Howe came in and saw how unfit he was! He is obviously working hard to regain fitness and this kind of run can happen to the best players. Let's not forget his record in Holland before we right him off, get him fit and then we will see what he can do for us! Glad to see that Moles played 90 minutes, he must be chomping at the bit to get back in the team, competition for places will help those in the team to continue at the very high level they are currently working at, all good!!
Give him a chance, flippin heck, writing a player off before he is even fit!! He was drafted in by Groves as part of his desperate attempt to win us over and that failed, Howe came in and saw how unfit he was! He is obviously working hard to regain fitness and this kind of run can happen to the best players. Let's not forget his record in Holland before we right him off, get him fit and then we will see what he can do for us! Glad to see that Moles played 90 minutes, he must be chomping at the bit to get back in the team, competition for places will help those in the team to continue at the very high level they are currently working at, all good!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood

8:35am Wed 14 Nov 12

lionheart says...

I thought he looked quite promising in the first 10 minutes at Crawley before he broke his nose and went off.

Worth persevering with as I'm sure Eddie Howe will get the best out of him.
I thought he looked quite promising in the first 10 minutes at Crawley before he broke his nose and went off. Worth persevering with as I'm sure Eddie Howe will get the best out of him. lionheart

10:03am Wed 14 Nov 12

Square Old Codger says...

Unfortunately, his last two Seasons in Holland were marred by injury, but this is not his knees or shoulders, but a kick to a calf muscle and that can happen to anyone. Lets hope that this clears up quickly and we can see just what he's capable of. Good to see Mark Molesly and Davids get a full ninety minutes under their belts too. But do feel that we need to get 5/6 players out on loan, if only to get then match fit.
Unfortunately, his last two Seasons in Holland were marred by injury, but this is not his knees or shoulders, but a kick to a calf muscle and that can happen to anyone. Lets hope that this clears up quickly and we can see just what he's capable of. Good to see Mark Molesly and Davids get a full ninety minutes under their belts too. But do feel that we need to get 5/6 players out on loan, if only to get then match fit. Square Old Codger

10:03am Wed 14 Nov 12

Square Old Codger says...

Unfortunately, his last two Seasons in Holland were marred by injury, but this is not his knees or shoulders, but a kick to a calf muscle and that can happen to anyone. Lets hope that this clears up quickly and we can see just what he's capable of. Good to see Mark Molesly and Davids get a full ninety minutes under their belts too. But do feel that we need to get 5/6 players out on loan, if only to get then match fit.
Unfortunately, his last two Seasons in Holland were marred by injury, but this is not his knees or shoulders, but a kick to a calf muscle and that can happen to anyone. Lets hope that this clears up quickly and we can see just what he's capable of. Good to see Mark Molesly and Davids get a full ninety minutes under their belts too. But do feel that we need to get 5/6 players out on loan, if only to get then match fit. Square Old Codger

10:36am Wed 14 Nov 12

horsted says...

offload, top heavy with forwards, we need some cover at the back
offload, top heavy with forwards, we need some cover at the back horsted

12:21pm Wed 14 Nov 12

let football be the winner says...

Cargill, Zubar, Strugnell, Partington, Bassele, Davids, good to see we do have some defenders and defensive midfielders, might be an Idea to put 1 or more of these on the bench for next game as the bench in the last match if we lost any defenders at anytime I couldnt see anybody on the pitch or bench that could drop back, or would we have gone to a back 3 or are we saying we would prefer any of that 18 rather than any of the players on the top of this rant
Cargill, Zubar, Strugnell, Partington, Bassele, Davids, good to see we do have some defenders and defensive midfielders, might be an Idea to put 1 or more of these on the bench for next game as the bench in the last match if we lost any defenders at anytime I couldnt see anybody on the pitch or bench that could drop back, or would we have gone to a back 3 or are we saying we would prefer any of that 18 rather than any of the players on the top of this rant let football be the winner

3:58pm Wed 14 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

I think even when fully fit Demouge will only ever be on the bench, playing the Fletch last 20 minutes impact sub role if we're chasing a game and need to change tactics.
I think even when fully fit Demouge will only ever be on the bench, playing the Fletch last 20 minutes impact sub role if we're chasing a game and need to change tactics. The Renegade Master

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