CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe is hoping winger Junior Stanislas's injury is less serious than first feared – but is still waiting for confirmation.

Stanislas was a casualty of Cherries’ defeat by Chelsea on Saturday, the former Burnley man forced off by a groin problem in the second half.

The 27-year-old missed the first five league games of this season after having surgery in May to cure a persistent hernia issue.

While Stanislas will miss tomorrow's visit to Newcastle United, Howe is feeling more optimistic the wide man will not be sidelined for an extended spell.

Howe said: "We haven't had official confirmation on Junior's injury yet, we're still waiting for results from scans and second opinions.

"We don't think it is as serious as we first thought and, hopefully, it's not. But at this stage, it's still unknown."

Benik Afobe was also brought off against Chelsea in the second half after sustaining minor muscle damage in his thigh and groin area.

The frontman could be back in contention for the home clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, November 18.

Howe added: "Benik's injury isn't serious. Hopefully, he will be back after the international break."

The boss will make late checks on Joshua King (back) and Ryan Fraser (dead leg).