Cherries: Elphick will be a big miss says boss Howe

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BOSS Eddie Howe lauded Tommy Elphick’s leadership and defensive qualities and admitted Cherries would miss their crocked skipper.

The influential central defender was the victim of a horror tackle from Ryan Lowe during the first half of Cherries’ 3-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday.

Cherries initially feared the former Brighton star would be ruled out long term due to potential knee damage sustained in the X-rated challenge.

However, a scan on Monday revealed Elphick had escaped serious injury and had suffered bruising to the tibia and femur.

Elphick later revealed via social networking website Twitter that both Lowe and Dons boss Karl Robinson had contacted him to apologise and pass on their best wishes.

Cherries manager Howe told the Daily Echo: “The scan came back with good news. But, like with any injury, we will still be cautious until he is back fit with us. I think that is the right way to view it.

“Tommy is still in a bit of pain and there is a bit of swelling in the knee. The scan says he has come through clear but, until he is back fit, we won’t know.”

Cherries confirmed that the linchpin centre-half was set to spend about two to three weeks on the sidelines as a result of Lowe’s wild lunge.

Despite the news being received as largely positive, Elphick could still miss Cherries’ forthcoming League One clashes against Portsmouth, Crewe, Preston and Sheffield United.

Prior to being forced off in Saturday’s clash, the 25-year-old had played every minute of every game since Howe’s appointment.

Elphick, who has captained the team in Miles Addison’s absence, is also Cherries’ leading appearance-maker this season with 33 starts.

Howe said: “Tommy has been excellent. He has been a model of consistency for us and has led the team very well.

“He has showed a great mentality to his training and he sets a really good example for the rest of the lads to follow.

“Not only that, he has performed very well in the games and has been a very consistent performer. We have been delighted with Tommy and are certainly going to miss him.”

Meanwhile, Howe confirmed Cherries would continue to monitor the fitness of Charlie Daniels. The left-back has missed the club’s past two matches with a persistent foot problem.

Daniels, whose place has been filled by Dan Seaborne and Matt Ritchie, has scored four goals and provided three assists in 31 appearances this season.

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7:57am Thu 7 Feb 13

smhinto says...

Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it.
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We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result.
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Regards
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P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation.
Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it. . We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result. . Regards . P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation. smhinto
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8:22am Thu 7 Feb 13

atha says...

If we do go into this game with no cover in defence, I expect an easy win for the simple reason, you are always wrong!
If we do go into this game with no cover in defence, I expect an easy win for the simple reason, you are always wrong! atha
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8:23am Thu 7 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

Hopefully we get the c
Hopefully we get the c AFCBade
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8:24am Thu 7 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

Hopefully we get the cook verdict today ; missing cook, elphick and Daniels would be a blow
Hopefully we get the cook verdict today ; missing cook, elphick and Daniels would be a blow AFCBade
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8:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it.
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We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result.
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Regards
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P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation.
As i understand it Charlie Daniels should be fit to return. If not we do have some cover at the back, as we know, Ritchie can play LB. Seaborne & Cook in the middle, Francis- RB. On the bench as cover we will have Partington & Hughes, both of which are versatile enough to fill in at the back in an emergency. Dont worry about it, Trust Eddie, he knows what he is doing.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it. . We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result. . Regards . P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation.[/p][/quote]As i understand it Charlie Daniels should be fit to return. If not we do have some cover at the back, as we know, Ritchie can play LB. Seaborne & Cook in the middle, Francis- RB. On the bench as cover we will have Partington & Hughes, both of which are versatile enough to fill in at the back in an emergency. Dont worry about it, Trust Eddie, he knows what he is doing. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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8:36am Thu 7 Feb 13

djd says...

Don't worry, Eddie Howe is not going to give all his plans away.
How many times have we been told that a player is unlikely to be fit to play and he comes out onto the field on the day.
All part of Eddie's strategy.
Don't worry, Eddie Howe is not going to give all his plans away. How many times have we been told that a player is unlikely to be fit to play and he comes out onto the field on the day. All part of Eddie's strategy. djd
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8:42am Thu 7 Feb 13

bobhg says...

smhinto wrote:
Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it.
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We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result.
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Regards
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P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation.
As was said earlier this week.If EH thinks he needs cover, the loan window opens today.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Yes he will be a big miss, but what is going to be done about it if Daniels, by the sounds of it is not going to be fit for Saturday. Recalling Zubar would be one option if the terms of his loan deal permits it. . We cannot go into a local derby with a threadbare defence with no cover and expect to get a result. . Regards . P.S. This is not a negative comment,it a constructive point of observation.[/p][/quote]As was said earlier this week.If EH thinks he needs cover, the loan window opens today. bobhg
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9:36am Thu 7 Feb 13

bobhg says...

Sorry, loan window opens tomorrow 8th Feb
Sorry, loan window opens tomorrow 8th Feb bobhg
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10:16am Thu 7 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

A major concern must be whether Cook will be available. The Jury goes into the fifth day of deliberation today and who knows what they will decide. If it's possible to recall Stephane Zubar, I wouldn't be to concerned though. But I am confident that Eddie will have a contingency plan "up his sleeve".
A major concern must be whether Cook will be available. The Jury goes into the fifth day of deliberation today and who knows what they will decide. If it's possible to recall Stephane Zubar, I wouldn't be to concerned though. But I am confident that Eddie will have a contingency plan "up his sleeve". Square Old Codger
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10:16am Thu 7 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

A major concern must be whether Cook will be available. The Jury goes into the fifth day of deliberation today and who knows what they will decide. If it's possible to recall Stephane Zubar, I wouldn't be to concerned though. But I am confident that Eddie will have a contingency plan "up his sleeve".
A major concern must be whether Cook will be available. The Jury goes into the fifth day of deliberation today and who knows what they will decide. If it's possible to recall Stephane Zubar, I wouldn't be to concerned though. But I am confident that Eddie will have a contingency plan "up his sleeve". Square Old Codger
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5:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Deejaycee says...

The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial
following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement
The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement Deejaycee
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9:06pm Thu 7 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

Deejaycee wrote:
The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial
following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement
Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?
[quote][p][bold]Deejaycee[/bold] wrote: The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement[/p][/quote]Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ? jakeysredd
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9:43pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Exiled Red says...

jakeysredd wrote:
Deejaycee wrote:
The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial
following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement
Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?
w/c 22 April has been muted
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Deejaycee[/bold] wrote: The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement[/p][/quote]Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?[/p][/quote]w/c 22 April has been muted Exiled Red
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10:24pm Thu 7 Feb 13

bigfatsteve says...

djd wrote:
Don't worry, Eddie Howe is not going to give all his plans away.
How many times have we been told that a player is unlikely to be fit to play and he comes out onto the field on the day.
All part of Eddie's strategy.
According to Tommy his injury isn't anywhere near as bad as first thought. There seems to be a distinct lack of information, regarding when he is going to resume training. Don't be surprised to see Eddie magically name him in the line up on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Don't worry, Eddie Howe is not going to give all his plans away. How many times have we been told that a player is unlikely to be fit to play and he comes out onto the field on the day. All part of Eddie's strategy.[/p][/quote]According to Tommy his injury isn't anywhere near as bad as first thought. There seems to be a distinct lack of information, regarding when he is going to resume training. Don't be surprised to see Eddie magically name him in the line up on Saturday. bigfatsteve
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10:52pm Thu 7 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

Exiled Red wrote:
jakeysredd wrote:
Deejaycee wrote:
The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial
following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement
Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?
w/c 22 April has been muted
Thanks for that, amazing how it took the jury 5 days not to come up with a verdict, another long wait for all concerned,
[quote][p][bold]Exiled Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Deejaycee[/bold] wrote: The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement[/p][/quote]Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?[/p][/quote]w/c 22 April has been muted[/p][/quote]Thanks for that, amazing how it took the jury 5 days not to come up with a verdict, another long wait for all concerned, jakeysredd
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11:32pm Thu 7 Feb 13

deanmatthews1966 says...

jakeysredd wrote:
Exiled Red wrote:
jakeysredd wrote:
Deejaycee wrote:
The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial
following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement
Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?
w/c 22 April has been muted
Thanks for that, amazing how it took the jury 5 days not to come up with a verdict, another long wait for all concerned,
CPS has one week to decide if they want to have a retrial, may not happen?
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Deejaycee[/bold] wrote: The case involving Steve Cook and the Brighton players is likely to go to re-trial following the Jury failing to reach conclusive agreement[/p][/quote]Hear it goes to a retrial, one player has been cleared, how can it be a fair trial now, after quite a lot of media coverage, any idea when the retrial will happen ?[/p][/quote]w/c 22 April has been muted[/p][/quote]Thanks for that, amazing how it took the jury 5 days not to come up with a verdict, another long wait for all concerned,[/p][/quote]CPS has one week to decide if they want to have a retrial, may not happen? deanmatthews1966
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