Striker suffers international injury blow ahead of Tottenham clash v Bournemouth
By Danny Wright
Bournemouth striker Joshua King has been confirmed to have suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty and is reportedly a doubt for his side’s clash with Tottenham next week.
International Business Times has claimed that King, 25, is a “potential doubt” for the Cherries’ trip to Wembley in a weeks’ time after suffering a setback in Norway’s 8-0 hammering of San Marino on Thursday.
King scored a first half brace in the World Cup qualifier before he was taken off in the 62nd minute, and the ex-Manchester United striker has now confirmed that he is heading back to Bournemouth to recover.
“I felt something in my hamstring during the game yesterday and with my history we’re not taking any risks,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.
“Myself, [Norway manager] Lars [Lagerback] and the medical team discussed it and agreed that I should go home to get fit again as quickly as possible.”
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Norway confirmed on their official Twitter account on Friday that King was sent home and will miss Sunday’s home clash with Northern Ireland.
Joshua King er uaktuell for spill mot Nord-Irland etter at han pådro seg en hamstringskade i VM-kvalifiseringskampen mot San Marino. Ny spiller vil bli kalt inn. pic.twitter.com/ujwx2kkre1
— NorgesFotballforbund (@NFF_info) October 6, 2017
King has scored two goals in eight appearances across all competitions for Bournemouth this term and will no doubt be a major miss to Eddie Howe should he be forced to sit on the sidelines when they travel to North London to play Tottenham next week.
He is yet to return to the peak of form he had in the second half of last term, when he scored 13 goals in his last 16 league appearances.
Tottenham beat Bournemouth 4-0 in their last home clash with them last April and will no doubt be looking to keep the pressure on the two leading Manchester clubs with a win when league action resumes after the international break.
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