CHARLIE Daniels revealed an initial scan had suggested no long-term damage having been withdrawn at half-time in today’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

The Cherries left-back worryingly hit the deck holding his left knee towards the end of the first half having sustained an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL).

After an on-field consultation with Cherries physio Steve Hard, Daniels tried to play on but found he could not continue due to pain.

However, despite sporting a protective knee brace under doctor’s orders, Daniels reported positive feedback on his initial prognosis.

Daniels told the Daily Echo: “I went up for a header and as I came down I felt my knee give way a little bit. I felt it on the inside of my knee, my MCL.

“I had to go down because I knew something was not quite right and wanted to get Steve on as quickly as possible to see whether or not I had done a lot of damage.

“He did the test and thankfully, it didn’t look too bad so I tried to carry on but it was no use, it was just getting worse so I had to come off for the good of the team.

“I had an initial scan and it did not look too bad. Hopefully, it will be nothing long-term but we can’t really tell yet, that was just the first look.

“Once the swelling has gone down, I will probably have another scan on Tuesday to see how it is.

“I am gutted, especially with it happening when I had no one around me. It was frustrating but that’s football, I will get over it and come back stronger.”

And there was double trouble for Cherries in the left-back position as Daniels’s replacement, Tyrone Mings, was stretchered off following an awkward-looking challenge with Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater minutes into the second half.

The club’s record signing is understood to have left the stadium on crutches.

“I feel sorry for him,” added Daniels. “Making his Premier League debut, he was really keen to impress. I haven’t seen the tackle back but I heard it was not a nice one.

“It was unfortunate for Ty but again, he will get over it. He has a lot of football ahead of him and I am sure will bounce back.”