CHERRIES have been dealt a hefty body blow with the news in-form star David Brooks faces a spell on the sidelines.

The Welsh international is set to miss a month of action, starting with tonight's trip to Cardiff City (5.30pm), after sustaining an ankle injury in Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.

Brooks felt the problem flare up having coolly slotted home the second goal at Vitality Stadium.

A £10million summer signing from Sheffield United, the 21-year-old has been in terrific form this season, scoring six goals and providing four assists in 22 Premier League appearances.

Responding to questions from the Daily Echo yesterday, Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “It was a strange one because David scored the goal and then felt something in his ankle.

“We’re not sure what that is.

“I don’t think the physio team and the doctors were too concerned after the game so it’s a case of let’s see how he presents today.”