AFC Bournemouth: Physical challenge of Championship is taking its toll says Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

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BOSS Eddie Howe cited the rigours of Championship football as a contributory factor in Cherries’ growing injury list ahead of tonight’s away day at Leeds United (7.45pm).

The Cherries manager confirmed team selection would be left to the last minute to give everyone the best chance of featuring at Elland Road.

Shaun MacDonald was withdrawn from Saturday’s home defeat to Blackburn with a knee problem, while his replacement Richard Hughes is ruled out of the trip to Yorkshire having earned a one-match ban for his second-half dismissal.

Harry Arter has missed the past four matches while Charlie Daniels has not appeared since hobbling off against Barnsley a fortnight ago to further compound the long-term absences of Joe Partington, Matt Ritchie and Wes Fogden.

And while Howe remained optimistic that Cherries’ injury woes would soon subside, the manager admitted he had endured his fair share of selection headaches of late.

“Certainly at this stage of the season, we have got more injuries than we would have liked,” said Howe.

“Competing in this division takes an incredible physical effort. The toll taken on the players has been particularly bigger than what was experienced in League One and that has resulted in a few injuries to key players.

“We have had various problems and our team selection (at Leeds) will be left as late as possible to give everyone the best chance of playing.

“We are going to be stretched numbers-wise and will have to look at it closely before making any decisions.”

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7:51am Tue 1 Oct 13

kangman2012 says...

Whoever plays, take a leaf out of the Pirates book and go for an "against the odds" victory boys. Get an early goal and then park the team bus. I'd take 1-0 all day long - UTC!
Whoever plays, take a leaf out of the Pirates book and go for an "against the odds" victory boys. Get an early goal and then park the team bus. I'd take 1-0 all day long - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 5

8:31am Tue 1 Oct 13

sea poole says...

Yeovil and Doncaster were also promoted. Haven't read any reports that their injury list is expanding.
Yeovil and Doncaster were also promoted. Haven't read any reports that their injury list is expanding. sea poole
  • Score: 4

10:04am Tue 1 Oct 13

devon fan says...

what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down
what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down devon fan
  • Score: 1

10:22am Tue 1 Oct 13

smhinto says...

I believe if one reads between the lines here,it looks very likely that we will be in for a heavy defeat tonight.
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I am not being negative, it is just with the number of people we have missing it will be a likely scenario.
I believe if one reads between the lines here,it looks very likely that we will be in for a heavy defeat tonight. . I am not being negative, it is just with the number of people we have missing it will be a likely scenario. smhinto
  • Score: 0

10:36am Tue 1 Oct 13

Square Old Codger says...

devon fan wrote:
what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down
Any one who doubts that this is a very pyhisical Division can't be watching the games that I do. Look at the treatment young Fraser gets, almost every game he plays for us results in a series of fouls against him, I think that I am right in saying that Saturday was his first without yellow or red cards been issued against his markers and Rantie looks like getting similar treatment. We have a young team, few 6' + and try to play controlled football, that attracks a more physical approach, nor do we have these days any "sick note" players. Facts are facts, we have a long injury list, the Club's midfield engine, key defenders and most creative players amongst them, most of the injuries happened in play. With Daniels and McDonald missing tonight and Arter and Surman probably on the bench, it will be a very patched up team out there tonight, many with tired legs after their second half efforts last Saturday . Hate to think what some of you will be saying should the "Bully Boys" win well tonight. This is a Season of adjustment and transition and Eddie has always said what it will be one of peaks and troughs. With our best team available we can beat anyone - but there's still a lot of work to do to clear up the mess they inherited and to make room for new players and strengthen , stabaliize this Season, improve next and challenge in 2015 is probably the plan. We can all see the progress there is and see the emerging talent we have, be patient and don't expect immediate success. The future looks very bright for the Club.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down[/p][/quote]Any one who doubts that this is a very pyhisical Division can't be watching the games that I do. Look at the treatment young Fraser gets, almost every game he plays for us results in a series of fouls against him, I think that I am right in saying that Saturday was his first without yellow or red cards been issued against his markers and Rantie looks like getting similar treatment. We have a young team, few 6' + and try to play controlled football, that attracks a more physical approach, nor do we have these days any "sick note" players. Facts are facts, we have a long injury list, the Club's midfield engine, key defenders and most creative players amongst them, most of the injuries happened in play. With Daniels and McDonald missing tonight and Arter and Surman probably on the bench, it will be a very patched up team out there tonight, many with tired legs after their second half efforts last Saturday . Hate to think what some of you will be saying should the "Bully Boys" win well tonight. This is a Season of adjustment and transition and Eddie has always said what it will be one of peaks and troughs. With our best team available we can beat anyone - but there's still a lot of work to do to clear up the mess they inherited and to make room for new players and strengthen , stabaliize this Season, improve next and challenge in 2015 is probably the plan. We can all see the progress there is and see the emerging talent we have, be patient and don't expect immediate success. The future looks very bright for the Club. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 3

10:46am Tue 1 Oct 13

devon fan says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
devon fan wrote:
what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down
Any one who doubts that this is a very pyhisical Division can't be watching the games that I do. Look at the treatment young Fraser gets, almost every game he plays for us results in a series of fouls against him, I think that I am right in saying that Saturday was his first without yellow or red cards been issued against his markers and Rantie looks like getting similar treatment. We have a young team, few 6' + and try to play controlled football, that attracks a more physical approach, nor do we have these days any "sick note" players. Facts are facts, we have a long injury list, the Club's midfield engine, key defenders and most creative players amongst them, most of the injuries happened in play. With Daniels and McDonald missing tonight and Arter and Surman probably on the bench, it will be a very patched up team out there tonight, many with tired legs after their second half efforts last Saturday . Hate to think what some of you will be saying should the "Bully Boys" win well tonight. This is a Season of adjustment and transition and Eddie has always said what it will be one of peaks and troughs. With our best team available we can beat anyone - but there's still a lot of work to do to clear up the mess they inherited and to make room for new players and strengthen , stabaliize this Season, improve next and challenge in 2015 is probably the plan. We can all see the progress there is and see the emerging talent we have, be patient and don't expect immediate success. The future looks very bright for the Club.
I do not disagree with anything you say, but our injury problems are not anything new, and our past history of bringing back players too early only to find they have a relapse is well documented, the team have done well to get where they are, but we cannot keep using the fact they are young as an excuse they have too learn by their mistakes, and as long as the fans can see the improvement they should have no reason too complain, but it is not all down to the players the management have to learn as well, and playing of players out of position is not helping the team to gel, we have a large squad and some players are continually warming the bench they should be given the chance if their position in the team is up for grabs
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: what a load of cobblers, this club has had an overlong injury list for the past 4 or 5 years, too many injuries occurr in training and too many players are signed with long injury histories, we need to stop looking for excuses and start to accept the consistiency is not there and until we find it our results will be up and down[/p][/quote]Any one who doubts that this is a very pyhisical Division can't be watching the games that I do. Look at the treatment young Fraser gets, almost every game he plays for us results in a series of fouls against him, I think that I am right in saying that Saturday was his first without yellow or red cards been issued against his markers and Rantie looks like getting similar treatment. We have a young team, few 6' + and try to play controlled football, that attracks a more physical approach, nor do we have these days any "sick note" players. Facts are facts, we have a long injury list, the Club's midfield engine, key defenders and most creative players amongst them, most of the injuries happened in play. With Daniels and McDonald missing tonight and Arter and Surman probably on the bench, it will be a very patched up team out there tonight, many with tired legs after their second half efforts last Saturday . Hate to think what some of you will be saying should the "Bully Boys" win well tonight. This is a Season of adjustment and transition and Eddie has always said what it will be one of peaks and troughs. With our best team available we can beat anyone - but there's still a lot of work to do to clear up the mess they inherited and to make room for new players and strengthen , stabaliize this Season, improve next and challenge in 2015 is probably the plan. We can all see the progress there is and see the emerging talent we have, be patient and don't expect immediate success. The future looks very bright for the Club.[/p][/quote]I do not disagree with anything you say, but our injury problems are not anything new, and our past history of bringing back players too early only to find they have a relapse is well documented, the team have done well to get where they are, but we cannot keep using the fact they are young as an excuse they have too learn by their mistakes, and as long as the fans can see the improvement they should have no reason too complain, but it is not all down to the players the management have to learn as well, and playing of players out of position is not helping the team to gel, we have a large squad and some players are continually warming the bench they should be given the chance if their position in the team is up for grabs devon fan
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Tue 1 Oct 13

Shaston says...

If it's a physical division EH should have been prepared for it, he had been at Burnley so knew what to expect. Far to many excuses being rolled out before we have even kicked a ball and too many crocks at to the club .
If it's a physical division EH should have been prepared for it, he had been at Burnley so knew what to expect. Far to many excuses being rolled out before we have even kicked a ball and too many crocks at to the club . Shaston
  • Score: -1

1:04pm Tue 1 Oct 13

boyerboy says...

I do not like this claim......I always believed the higher the division, the more the teams play football( with obvious exceptions of course) eg less physical.

Over half our injuries were either pre existing or were incurred in pre season friendlies....not sure what to make of this claim.
!

Do hope that we can get something out of tonight, Leeds are a team that I do not like - the intimidation and damage done to the town by their "fans" years back is still a very vivid memory.
I do not like this claim......I always believed the higher the division, the more the teams play football( with obvious exceptions of course) eg less physical. Over half our injuries were either pre existing or were incurred in pre season friendlies....not sure what to make of this claim. ! Do hope that we can get something out of tonight, Leeds are a team that I do not like - the intimidation and damage done to the town by their "fans" years back is still a very vivid memory. boyerboy
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Tue 1 Oct 13

jontee says...

Totally agree with Devon Fan. We have had a long injury list for as long as I can remember. Totally agree we go for injury prone players. Totally agree about training and pre-season. Whatever happened to players like SOD who never got injured ? Why do we keep hold of a player like Partington who will never be fit for five minutes.

It’s a myth that the higher the league the less physical. The more at stake the more physical. Why when we have two good wingers getting in crosses do we sign a midget like Rante ? Why do we keep rolling the ball out from the keeper and getting closed down like on Saturday ? Without height up front, there’s no plan B. And we need a goalkeeper, fast. Jalal isn’t great now but Alsop can’t hold a candle to him.
Totally agree with Devon Fan. We have had a long injury list for as long as I can remember. Totally agree we go for injury prone players. Totally agree about training and pre-season. Whatever happened to players like SOD who never got injured ? Why do we keep hold of a player like Partington who will never be fit for five minutes. It’s a myth that the higher the league the less physical. The more at stake the more physical. Why when we have two good wingers getting in crosses do we sign a midget like Rante ? Why do we keep rolling the ball out from the keeper and getting closed down like on Saturday ? Without height up front, there’s no plan B. And we need a goalkeeper, fast. Jalal isn’t great now but Alsop can’t hold a candle to him. jontee
  • Score: 0

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