AFC BOURNEMOUTH defender Simon Francis is facing up to nine months out of the game after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
It is a similar injury to the one suffered early this month by midfielder Lewis Cook.
Club captain Francis, 33, was stretchered off during Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury. It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.
“There is a long road ahead but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.”