CROCKED Cherries skipper Miles Addison admitted to being both “disappointed and relieved” after discovering his season had come to a premature end.

Defender Addison is set to remain on the sidelines and will go under the knife in London on Friday to cure a persistent foot injury.

The 24-year-old, who made the last of his 20 league appearances at Bury in November, has been plagued by the problem for the past 12 weeks.

Addison had been hoping to avoid surgery but was told it was the only option after a scan had revealed a fracture to his right foot and a torn tendon.

He told the Daily Echo: “I trained about 10 days ago and it wasn’t too bad. But, after I had come out of the session, it was really sore and it was agony when I woke up the next day so I knew something was wrong.

“I saw a specialist in London this week and he said I would require surgery. There hadn’t been much progress in 12 weeks so I was disappointed to find out I would need an operation but relieved at the same time.

“He said he wouldn’t really know the full extent until he went in. But he also said that if the tendon was quite bad, then it would be another 12 weeks.”

Addison, who signed a three-year contract at the start of this season, has also been reassured the injury is not related to the one which kept him out for two years when he was at Derby.

The Londoner is already targeting a pre-season return and says he is hoping Cherries can finish the job he helped them start by winning promotion.

Addison said: “I signed here because I believed the club could get into the Championship. If I never kick a ball again for what ever reason, it would be irrelevant. What matters is what happens to Bournemouth.

“Being injured is the downside but watching the lads win has helped to keep my spirits higher than they would have been. There is responsibility being captain and you have to be less selfish.

“I have never been involved in a squad where there is so much togetherness. The club has been very supportive and so have the lads when they see I am having a down day.

“Reaching the Championship is the be-all and end-all. We are in good shape and have earned our place in the top six. We need to bounce back after Preston and start another run.

“It is up to us to finish off the job over the final 13 games. It doesn’t have to be done in style because it is the business end of the season now.”