Francis and Cook to finish rehab in States

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Bournemouth captain Simon Francis and midfielder Lewis Cook will travel to the USA to finish off their rehabilitation.

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis and midfielder Lewis Cook will travel to the USA to finish off their rehabilitation.

Francis and Cook both ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in their right knees during December and they have been supporting each other on the road to recovery.

The pair are hoping to be back in action in the early stages of 2019-20 and will head Stateside to meet with renowned specialist Bill Knowles in Philadelphia.

Bournemouth have previously sent the likes of Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings to undergo rehabilitation with Knowles, who is the director of reconditioning and athletic development at HP Sports.

Francis said: ‘I think there is a chance that Lewis and I will go to Philadelphia to see Bill Knowles.

He is a very highly-respected knee specialist in terms of returning to train.

‘He is almost the last port of call you see before you are ready to go and play games and join in fully with the team on a regular basis.

‘Callum went over there, as well as Tyrone (Mings) and they spoke very highly of him.

If there’s the chance for us to go out there, which I think there is, then I think we would be stupid to turn it down.

‘We want to explore all the options we can and make sure we are in the best possible shape to come back.’

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