Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits Junior Stanislas‘ injury could be serious.

The winger was forced off in defeat to Chelsea with a groin injury.

Howe said: “We are not sure yet with Benik (Afobe). We think he might have a muscle strain. He said it could be cramp but he had to come off.”

Asked whether the pair looked set for lengthy lay-offs, Howe replied: “Junior does for sure. It is too early to make an assessment on both but Junior’s looks serious.

“It looks like a muscle pull. It happened just in front of us and he was in full flight. He said his groin had gone. I didn’t speak to him again after the game, but that was his initial reaction.”