Former Sheffield United midfielder, David Brooks, is set to miss another three months of the season through injury.
The Bournemouth star has already missed most of the season with an ankle injury. However, things are not getting any better for Brooks, with a second ankle operation in six months ruling him out for another 12 weeks.
Reported by the Daily Mail, the injury news is a bitter blow for Eddie Howe’s struggling Cherries side. Howe has seen his side lose five on the bounce to drop down the table. They now sit just two points above third-bottom Southampton.
The Blades, meanwhile, continue to impress. A brilliant comeback win at Norwich at the weekend saw United clamber back into eighth position in the table.
Why the loss of David Brooks is a good thing for Sheffield United?
Although the Blades are flying high in the table, the ultimate goal is still to avoid relegation. Bournemouth, then, are one of the teams who you would expect to see down near the foot of the table.
Their current form is miserable, to say the least, and the loss of David Brooks just compounds their misery even more.
Eddie Howe is a big fan of Brooks and has thrust him into the action ever since signing him two summers back.
The Bournemouth manager must now manage his squad and try and get them out of their current rut without the assistance of the Welsh midfielder.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, are coping well with one of the league’s smaller squads. John Fleck and David McGoldrick are the only two players to miss games through injury. Lys Mousset did hobble off at the weekend, however.
David Brooks is not a player you’d expect Sheffield United fans to hold any sort of grudge against. But that doesn’t mean Blades supporters won’t be moderately pleased to see him out of action for the foreseeable future.