CHERRIES star Lewis Cook will be sidelined for six to nine months after suffering a major knee injury.

The 21-year-old midfielder ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Tuesday's 2-1 win against Huddersfield.

Cook played the full 90 minutes at Vitality Stadium but he received treatment from physio Steve Hard in the second half.

Boss Eddie Howe told the club's website: "We are all devastated for Lewis.

"It is a huge blow to a very talented player who has been a very important part of our side over the last 18 months.

"But Lewis is a strong character who only has to look around our dressing room for inspiration of how an injury like this is merely a setback and to know that he can come back better than ever.

"He will have the full support and love of everyone at the club throughout the next few months as he receives the very best treatment and rehabilitation possible."

Cook joined the Dorset club from Leeds United in 2016 and has gone on to become a vital part of Howe's side.

The Yorkshireman, who signed a fresh four-year contract with Cherries in May, has made 13 Premier League appearances this season.

He won his first senior Three Lions cap in March and captained England under-21s in their victories against Italy and Denmark in November.

Last year, Cook became the first England captain since Bobby Moore to lift a World Cup as England under-20s triumphed in South Korea.