Howe plays waiting game

03 January 2018 04:16:41 GMTPlus11
Ryan Fraser

Eddie Howe says he wants to see how long his Bournemouth strikers are out for before deciding whether to move in the January transfer window.

The Cherries started 2018 with a point away at Brighton, a result that gives them a three-point cushion over the bottom three in the Premier League.

We're not sure of the full extent for Joshua if he is out for the short or long term.

Eddie Howe

However, threatening to derail their survival bid are injuries to key forwards. Joshua King, Jermain Defoe and winger Ryan Fraser all missed the game at the Amex Stadium and Howe is unsure when they will return.

King and Fraser have hamstring injuries while Defoe has a fractured right ankle and is set to miss the next two months.

Howe said he was content to wait and see the extent of the injuries before deciding whether to buy this month.

He told BBC Solent: "We need to see how serious these injuries are. We're not sure of the full extent for Joshua if he is out for the short or long term.

"Ryan felt some tightness after the win against Everton, he wasn't comfortable being involved today (against Brighton), so there was no point risking a really serious injury.

"He has had problems historically with his hamstrings."

Howe said last week that he was unlikely to be busy in the January window with his priority being to improve the current squad as they seek to extend their stay in the top flight.

The Cherries have a short break from the Premier League and are in FA Cup third round action this weekend when they take on League One leaders Wigan Athletic at home.

Bournemouth are 2.05 for the win with the Latics priced at 3.90.

The Cherries are 1.00 to avoid relegation this season and are 7.00 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

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