Saturday 16 December 2017

Concern for Harry Arter as he leaves stadium on crutches following Bournemouth win

AFC Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter
AFC Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (left) and AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter

Harry Arter produced a man of the match display in front of the watching Martin O'Neill as Bournemouth hammered Hull City 6-1 but the midfielder is an injury concern after leaving the stadium on crutches.

Arter pulled out of Ireland's World Cup qualifying double header against Georgia and Moldova with a hamstring injury to leave some fans concerned about his commitment to the green jersey.

The man himself rubbished any defection to England (his birth country) rumours in an interview with Kevin Palmer in the Sunday World.

Arter has yet to play a competitive international for Ireland and would therefore be allowed to play for England if they were to offer him a chance to launch an international career in different colours.

The 26-year-old will be hoping and probably expecting to play a prominent role in next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria, which could be crucial to Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Arter left the Vitality Stadium on crutches today after sustaining an impact injury to his knee in the first half, according to local journalist Kris Temple.

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