Bournemouth defender Simon Francis will be out for between six

Bournemouth defender Simon Francis will be out for between six .

Simon Francis: Bournemouth defender sidelined for up to nine months with ACL injury ,

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis will miss six to nine months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Francis has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season.

“It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.

“There is a long road ahead but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.”

“We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury,” manager Eddie Howe told his club’s official website.

Francis sustained the injury as he twisted trying to challenge Spurs forward Son Heung-min shortly before half-time.

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