New signing at Bournemouth of England, Dominic Solanke has been ruled out of action until early February, as a hamstring problem has put paid to his plans of immediate action with The Cherries.
Footballlive.ng can report that confirmation of Solanke’s injury has come from Bournemouth’s boss, Eddie Howe, who admits he took a gamble on signing the England youth international.
While Solanke’s gaffer at Liverpool, Juergen Klopp affirmed that the striker is injured, which foiled his earlier effort to join Crystal Palace last week, Howe insists the new signing will prove to be a worthy deal.
Howe defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Solanke despite the player being injured, because the youngster has strong potentials.
Howe added: “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.
“He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence.
“It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers.
“Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best.
“We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.”
On his part, Klopp admitted that the decision to sell Solanke for £19m was because he did not want to stand in the player’s way, as he seeks first team football elsewhere.
Klopp admitted that Solanke has been ruled out until February, which put paid to a loan move to Crystal Palace, but believes the striker will recover to become a hit with Bournemouth.
“For Dom (Solanke) it was absolutely right for him to go. He was unlucky that when there was space for him, he had injuries,” Klopp said.