Wilson facing lengthy lay-off

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been dealt a massive blow with the news Callum Wilson will be ruled out for the next six months at least.

The 23-year-old striker has taken the Premier League by storm, scoring five goals in his seven appearances for the newly-promoted Cherries this season.

That form had seen Wilson top the league's scoring charts ahead of the trip to Stoke at the weekend, although he was subsequently overtaken by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who bagged his sixth goal of the campaign against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, being displaced by Vardy was the least of his problems after Wilson was forced off with a knee injury just 17 minutes into his side's 2-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Scans this week confirmed the worst as results revealed he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which will be operated on next week.

Speaking to the club's official website, Howe said: "It's very disappointing for Callum, after what has been an exceptional start to the season, but I am sure he will come back fitter and stronger.

"Callum is the type of character who won't be fazed by such a setback, and I am sure he will turn this experience into a positive in the long run.

"As I have said many times before though, this kind of setback offers others the opportunity to step up to the plate, show everybody what they can do and make a real impact at this level."