Ghana winger Christian Atsu, who was on loan to AFC Bournemouth has returned to his parent club
Chelsea for treatment on a sustained
The Chelsea player on loan at Bournemouth picked up a stress fracture
on international duty and had to quickly return to Stamford Bridge in a bid to be fully recover for his loan campaign according to manager Eddie Howe.
The Black Star will stay out of football action for a while and will not be
involved in Sunday’s clash away at Southampton as his manager
“He picked up a knock on international duty, that’s why he hasn’t been
seen and is now back at Chelsea for treatment.
“This has been dragging on for about six weeks. He got a knock on his
shin in the first international break that put him out for a couple of
weeks and then he got kicked again a couple of weeks after and that
has resulted in him having to go back to Chelsea for treatment.
“Unfortunately we haven’t seen Christian here for about a month. It’s
going to take time for him to get fit again. It has been a real shame.
The timeframe is unknown at the moment but it is a stress fracture on
his shin. We don’t think it is anything serious, there will be no long-
term problems but he may be back at Chelsea for another three to four
“He’s a very talented player and the big disappointment for us is that
every time we have got him fit and conditioned to play he has then
picked up – due to no fault of his own – an injury. He has been very
upbeat, he is a lovely character. He played well in the two Capital One
Cup games – we would love to see more of him.”
Christian Atsu had trouble getting enough playing time on loan at
Everton last season. The Ghanaian transferred to Premier League new
boys AFC Bournemouth this season and impressed during their pre-
season games until a back injury sidelined the former Porto player.
Atsu has since played just two English League Cup games for
Bournemouth, his last appearance coming on the 22 September.