Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed record signing Tyrone Mings will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury – while Max Gradel has undergone surgery and faces six months out.
The full-back, an £8million summer signing from Ipswich Town, suffered torn anterior and medial ligaments in his knee and could even miss the start of 2016-17 such is the severity of the injury.
Mings will be sidelined for a minimum of nine months, but could be out for as long as a year, according to the Bournemouth Echo.
He has been left out of the Cherries’ updated Premier League squad.
Mings was injured six minutes into his Premier League debut during the 1-1 draw with Leicester City.
He needed oxygen after tackling Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater after coming on as a substitute.
News of Mings’ season-ending injury comes just days after the Cherries also revealed winger Gradel – a £7million signing from St Etienne – also faces a lengthy lay-off after rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments.
Gradel suffered the injury in the same game and Howe has revealed the former Leeds star has already undergone the knife and now faces around six months of rehabilitation.
Howe said: “Max will be out for pretty much six months. He’s had his operation and is recovering now. Tyrone will be out for at least nine.
“I feel for players more than anyone. I’m really disappointed for them that they’re both going to be out for long periods.
“We are certainly going to miss them. They were a key part of what we were doing going forward. We hunted both of them, especially Max, for a long time.
“Both players are positive about the future and we will look after them and back them. It’s a big blow but we have to recover and it will be an opportunity for somebody else.”