Cherries: Elphick set to avoid lengthy lay-off

Bournemouth Echo: BUZZING: Cherries defender Tommy Elphick BUZZING: Cherries defender Tommy Elphick

CHERRIES star Tommy Elphick tonight expressed his relief after learning he had escaped serious injury following Ryan Lowe’s horror tackle.

Stand-in skipper Elphick feared he had sustained knee damage after being on the receiving end of an X-rated lunge from the MK Dons man.

Veteran striker Lowe launched into a two-footed tackle on the defender in the first half of Cherries’ 3-0 win at stadium:mk on Saturday.

The ugly challenge sparked a furious reaction from Elphick and his Cherries colleagues as he was left with stud marks on his leg and a jarred knee.

However, Cherries confirmed that the linchpin centre-half would be facing two to three weeks on the sidelines after avoiding a lengthy lay-off.

A scan this afternoon revealed the 25-year-old had no major injury and had sustained bruising to the tibia and femur in the wild tackle.

Giving his reaction via social networking website Twitter, Elphick said he was “buzzing” at the outcome.

Despite the news being better than first thought, Cherries could still be without the key man for their League One matches against Portsmouth, Crewe, Preston and Sheffield United.

That would come as a setback especially after summer signing Elphick had firmly established himself as an inspirational performer for Eddie Howe’s League One promotion contenders.

Prior to limping off in Saturday’s clash, the Brighton-born defender had played every minute of every game since Howe’s appointment.

Centre-half Elphick is also the club’s leading appearance-maker this term with 33 starts.

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8:04pm Mon 4 Feb 13

ifordcherry says...

Great news Tommy boy...I feared the worst 4 you...A bit of karma for the a...hole that done it wont go amiss...Onwards and upwardsl ad.
Great news Tommy boy...I feared the worst 4 you...A bit of karma for the a...hole that done it wont go amiss...Onwards and upwardsl ad. ifordcherry

8:06pm Mon 4 Feb 13

ianbthomson says...

Brilliant news!!! :) He will be missed for the games mentioned but we will be ok

UTICAD
Brilliant news!!! :) He will be missed for the games mentioned but we will be ok UTICAD ianbthomson

8:07pm Mon 4 Feb 13

deanmatthews1966 says...

Congratulations. Get fit quick Tommy, the Championship is beckoning.
Congratulations. Get fit quick Tommy, the Championship is beckoning. deanmatthews1966

8:09pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Bosskom says...

Thats a relief ! Shame that Tommy will miss some very important game though. A definate Lowe point if you can excuse the pun. Lets not forget the ******** when comes back to the Goldsands. Im sure we wont !
Thats a relief ! Shame that Tommy will miss some very important game though. A definate Lowe point if you can excuse the pun. Lets not forget the ******** when comes back to the Goldsands. Im sure we wont ! Bosskom

8:09pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Ferndown Steve says...

Get back as soon as you can Tommy - We need out there to lead us to the Championship ! - UTC
Get back as soon as you can Tommy - We need out there to lead us to the Championship ! - UTC Ferndown Steve

8:09pm Mon 4 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

So pleased that you will be back in a couple of weeks ,Take it easy Tommy, the pre match ritual must work for you as most players careers would have been over following the animals challenge, All the best,
So pleased that you will be back in a couple of weeks ,Take it easy Tommy, the pre match ritual must work for you as most players careers would have been over following the animals challenge, All the best, jakeysredd

8:13pm Mon 4 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

P.S. Its about time the F.A looked into this type of assault/challenge, Tommy will miss more games than the thug that commited the offence,
P.S. Its about time the F.A looked into this type of assault/challenge, Tommy will miss more games than the thug that commited the offence, jakeysredd

8:49pm Mon 4 Feb 13

mossy 1 says...

My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared.
Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.
My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared. Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck. mossy 1

9:18pm Mon 4 Feb 13

fletch for manager says...

mossy 1 wrote:
My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared.
Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.
Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared. Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.[/p][/quote]Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch. fletch for manager

9:45pm Mon 4 Feb 13

lionheart says...

Jason Pearce on a month's loan to cover?
Jason Pearce on a month's loan to cover? lionheart

9:48pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Court Side says...

fletch for manager wrote:
mossy 1 wrote:
My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared.
Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.
Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch.
It was Simon Francis he took a swing at.Good to see the lads pile in in support of Tommy,Lowe hid behind the referee pretty quick after his initial handbag swing.Dan Seaborne looked like he wanted to tear his head off!Whilst not advocating a full scale punch up i always like to see team mates back each other up when one of their own has been wronged.
I've played football for many years and watched at Dean Court for a long time too and have often heard the neanderthal shout from less enlightened supporters to "break his legs" when one of our players goes in for a tough challenge on an opposition player and while i would never support a shout like that i really have to say Ryan Lowe,i hope you get what's coming to you,i really do.I hope a big,nasty centre back goes right through you and can maybe put you out of the game for a little while so you can experience the pain you've just tried to inflict on a fellow proffesional and on a final note to Karl Robinson,you have no class,you admonish your player in public whilst laughably trying to offer mitigating circumstances by blaming the opposition.You will fail with MK Dons again this season.Look in the mirror.
Get well soon Tommy,look forward to seeing you back playing.
[quote][p][bold]fletch for manager[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared. Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.[/p][/quote]Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch.[/p][/quote]It was Simon Francis he took a swing at.Good to see the lads pile in in support of Tommy,Lowe hid behind the referee pretty quick after his initial handbag swing.Dan Seaborne looked like he wanted to tear his head off!Whilst not advocating a full scale punch up i always like to see team mates back each other up when one of their own has been wronged. I've played football for many years and watched at Dean Court for a long time too and have often heard the neanderthal shout from less enlightened supporters to "break his legs" when one of our players goes in for a tough challenge on an opposition player and while i would never support a shout like that i really have to say Ryan Lowe,i hope you get what's coming to you,i really do.I hope a big,nasty centre back goes right through you and can maybe put you out of the game for a little while so you can experience the pain you've just tried to inflict on a fellow proffesional and on a final note to Karl Robinson,you have no class,you admonish your player in public whilst laughably trying to offer mitigating circumstances by blaming the opposition.You will fail with MK Dons again this season.Look in the mirror. Get well soon Tommy,look forward to seeing you back playing. Court Side

10:31pm Mon 4 Feb 13

mossy 1 says...

Court Side wrote:
fletch for manager wrote:
mossy 1 wrote: My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared. Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.
Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch.
It was Simon Francis he took a swing at.Good to see the lads pile in in support of Tommy,Lowe hid behind the referee pretty quick after his initial handbag swing.Dan Seaborne looked like he wanted to tear his head off!Whilst not advocating a full scale punch up i always like to see team mates back each other up when one of their own has been wronged. I've played football for many years and watched at Dean Court for a long time too and have often heard the neanderthal shout from less enlightened supporters to "break his legs" when one of our players goes in for a tough challenge on an opposition player and while i would never support a shout like that i really have to say Ryan Lowe,i hope you get what's coming to you,i really do.I hope a big,nasty centre back goes right through you and can maybe put you out of the game for a little while so you can experience the pain you've just tried to inflict on a fellow proffesional and on a final note to Karl Robinson,you have no class,you admonish your player in public whilst laughably trying to offer mitigating circumstances by blaming the opposition.You will fail with MK Dons again this season.Look in the mirror. Get well soon Tommy,look forward to seeing you back playing.
Appolleegees,had my full backs mixed up in the heat of the situation,but I`m pretty sure we all know the incident I`m referring to after the thug`s attack(you may notice he does`nt have my respect to call him by name,only by thug
,cos that`s what he is).
Court side I too hope that thug gets his comeuppance,there are many sides that mk thugs(oops.. dons)have to play and maybe some will have ex -AFCB players,colleagues or friends that may well take umbridge that a fellow proffesional would do that to another player.
[quote][p][bold]Court Side[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fletch for manager[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: My first reaction was what good news,then I thought `but only to the teams we have to play, Tommy will still be missing`.No, good news would have been if Tommy hadn`t have to have time out or the incident hadn`t have happened at all.So this isn`t good news or even brilliant news but simply better news than we had originally feared. Rewatched the incident again from South Todays report,and played it in pause mode,looks even worse,Tommy clearly gets the ball and the thug launches himself at TE`s leg exactly like you would see a long-jumper launch themselves into the sandpit in the olympics.It was also interesting to see the thugs` reaction to Charlie Daniels confronting him by kicking out and throwing a right hander which fortunately for him resulted in his right hand missing and ended up grabbing CD round the neck.[/p][/quote]Charlie Daniels was not on the pitch.[/p][/quote]It was Simon Francis he took a swing at.Good to see the lads pile in in support of Tommy,Lowe hid behind the referee pretty quick after his initial handbag swing.Dan Seaborne looked like he wanted to tear his head off!Whilst not advocating a full scale punch up i always like to see team mates back each other up when one of their own has been wronged. I've played football for many years and watched at Dean Court for a long time too and have often heard the neanderthal shout from less enlightened supporters to "break his legs" when one of our players goes in for a tough challenge on an opposition player and while i would never support a shout like that i really have to say Ryan Lowe,i hope you get what's coming to you,i really do.I hope a big,nasty centre back goes right through you and can maybe put you out of the game for a little while so you can experience the pain you've just tried to inflict on a fellow proffesional and on a final note to Karl Robinson,you have no class,you admonish your player in public whilst laughably trying to offer mitigating circumstances by blaming the opposition.You will fail with MK Dons again this season.Look in the mirror. Get well soon Tommy,look forward to seeing you back playing.[/p][/quote]Appolleegees,had my full backs mixed up in the heat of the situation,but I`m pretty sure we all know the incident I`m referring to after the thug`s attack(you may notice he does`nt have my respect to call him by name,only by thug ,cos that`s what he is). Court side I too hope that thug gets his comeuppance,there are many sides that mk thugs(oops.. dons)have to play and maybe some will have ex -AFCB players,colleagues or friends that may well take umbridge that a fellow proffesional would do that to another player. mossy 1

12:50am Tue 5 Feb 13

bigfatsteve says...

Glad to see Tommy didn't end up with a serious injury. If it's only bruising no doubt Tommy will be chomping at the bit to get back. He's the sort of player who will want to strap it up and get on with the job. Don't be surprised to see Eddie announce he will be out for weeks, then unveil him just before kick off, earlier than we expect it.
Glad to see Tommy didn't end up with a serious injury. If it's only bruising no doubt Tommy will be chomping at the bit to get back. He's the sort of player who will want to strap it up and get on with the job. Don't be surprised to see Eddie announce he will be out for weeks, then unveil him just before kick off, earlier than we expect it. bigfatsteve

6:31am Tue 5 Feb 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
Glad to see Tommy didn't end up with a serious injury. If it's only bruising no doubt Tommy will be chomping at the bit to get back. He's the sort of player who will want to strap it up and get on with the job. Don't be surprised to see Eddie announce he will be out for weeks, then unveil him just before kick off, earlier than we expect it.
I'm thinking the same thing (with my fingers crossed!). In the meantime et well soon Tommy.UTC!
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: Glad to see Tommy didn't end up with a serious injury. If it's only bruising no doubt Tommy will be chomping at the bit to get back. He's the sort of player who will want to strap it up and get on with the job. Don't be surprised to see Eddie announce he will be out for weeks, then unveil him just before kick off, earlier than we expect it.[/p][/quote]I'm thinking the same thing (with my fingers crossed!). In the meantime et well soon Tommy.UTC! TedMacsCherryPants

7:16am Tue 5 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

Can't add any more to what's been said except Get Well VERY soon Tommy, you'll be missed Big Time!!! UTCIAD
Can't add any more to what's been said except Get Well VERY soon Tommy, you'll be missed Big Time!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete

7:55am Tue 5 Feb 13

smhinto says...

Great news of course - But what are we going to do about filling the space over the next three games etc. We cannot entertain the top sides like sheff utd without him or without adequate cover and expect to get results


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Great news of course - But what are we going to do about filling the space over the next three games etc. We cannot entertain the top sides like sheff utd without him or without adequate cover and expect to get results . smhinto

8:02am Tue 5 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

For the three games mentioned we should be ok but only if cook's trial verdict today is positive for the club. Missing cook and elphick would be a blow.
For the three games mentioned we should be ok but only if cook's trial verdict today is positive for the club. Missing cook and elphick would be a blow. AFCBade

8:10am Tue 5 Feb 13

CC C-siders says...

jakeysredd wrote:
P.S. Its about time the F.A looked into this type of assault/challenge, Tommy will miss more games than the thug that commited the offence,
Yes - make the guilty party miss the same number of games as the victim.
If it happens to be permanent so should be his removal from the game.
Lowe is an absolutely disgraceful little £$%& and Tommy is spot on with his comments about him.
This was premeditated. TV evidence shows him weighing up his move, but more, for those of us at the game we know he had been building up to this.
The guy should be banned. The calculated nature of the assault makes this far worse than the Chelsea/Swansea ballboy incident.
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: P.S. Its about time the F.A looked into this type of assault/challenge, Tommy will miss more games than the thug that commited the offence,[/p][/quote]Yes - make the guilty party miss the same number of games as the victim. If it happens to be permanent so should be his removal from the game. Lowe is an absolutely disgraceful little £$%& and Tommy is spot on with his comments about him. This was premeditated. TV evidence shows him weighing up his move, but more, for those of us at the game we know he had been building up to this. The guy should be banned. The calculated nature of the assault makes this far worse than the Chelsea/Swansea ballboy incident. CC C-siders

8:34am Tue 5 Feb 13

molbol says...

smhinto wrote:
Great news of course - But what are we going to do about filling the space over the next three games etc. We cannot entertain the top sides like sheff utd without him or without adequate cover and expect to get results


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Daniels will return at left back on Saturday with Seaborne slotting in at centre half, simples.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Great news of course - But what are we going to do about filling the space over the next three games etc. We cannot entertain the top sides like sheff utd without him or without adequate cover and expect to get results .[/p][/quote]Daniels will return at left back on Saturday with Seaborne slotting in at centre half, simples. molbol

10:06am Tue 5 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

This is good news, it could have been so much worse, but he will be very much missed, a key player. With the Jury in Cook's case going in to it's third day, there are clearly divided views and it could easily turn out badly for him and we lose him as well. It would be nice to known if there is a recall clause re Stephane Zubar, or not, But the emergency loan window opens on Thurday if reinforcements are needed.
This is good news, it could have been so much worse, but he will be very much missed, a key player. With the Jury in Cook's case going in to it's third day, there are clearly divided views and it could easily turn out badly for him and we lose him as well. It would be nice to known if there is a recall clause re Stephane Zubar, or not, But the emergency loan window opens on Thurday if reinforcements are needed. Square Old Codger

1:47pm Tue 5 Feb 13

badgerless says...

In Cook's case, I believe the judge has said the verdict must be unanimous. Zubar has a recall on his loan, but how far is Addison from coming back?
In Cook's case, I believe the judge has said the verdict must be unanimous. Zubar has a recall on his loan, but how far is Addison from coming back? badgerless

3:13pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

badgerless wrote:
In Cook's case, I believe the judge has said the verdict must be unanimous. Zubar has a recall on his loan, but how far is Addison from coming back?
That's useful information re Zubar, thank you. Eddie does look ahead doesn't he - Stephane will be match fit, if required. Addison is I understand 3/4 weeks away - but always thought Zubar the better player, far quicker and more mobile! If it's a majority verdict required it could be a long wait for a verdict!
[quote][p][bold]badgerless[/bold] wrote: In Cook's case, I believe the judge has said the verdict must be unanimous. Zubar has a recall on his loan, but how far is Addison from coming back?[/p][/quote]That's useful information re Zubar, thank you. Eddie does look ahead doesn't he - Stephane will be match fit, if required. Addison is I understand 3/4 weeks away - but always thought Zubar the better player, far quicker and more mobile! If it's a majority verdict required it could be a long wait for a verdict! Square Old Codger

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