Cherries: Stephenson set for spell on the sidelines

21 September 2010 07:00
LUCKLESS Tim Stephenson could be set for another spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury during Cherries reserves' clash at Forest Green Rovers.[LNB] The teenage defender, who was rewarded with his first professional contract in the summer, damaged two parts of the medial ligament in his right knee during Cherries' 4-3 victory.[LNB] Although he is unlikely to require surgery, Stephenson is next week expected to see a specialist for a full diagnoses and could be out for between eight to 12 weeks.[LNB] Stephenson had only recently hit the comeback trail after recovering from double hernia surgery at the start of last month.[LNB] The highly-rated 18-year-old also spent the first five months of last season on the injury list after being crocked in a youth team fixture in August.[LNB] Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: It is a big blow for Tim because he has really struggled to keep himself fit and has missed a lot of football.[LNB] I feel for him at the moment because he has had a run of bad luck. It would be good to see him get a break and stay fit for a period of time.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo