Wales star David Brooks suffers setback in his return to fitness
Wales and Bournemouth star David Brooks has suffered a setback as he works to regain full fitness ahead of a hoped for return to the Welsh squad at the World Cup.
Bournemouth’s Interim Head Coach, Gary O’Neil, provided an injury update on the Welshman, who recently received the all clear after battling cancer, ahead of the team’s weekend’s trip to Newcastle.
He admitted that Brooks has had a setback in his return, having felt a tweak in his hamstring after taking part in a development squad game last week.
He said: “David Brooks suffered a slight setback in the development squad game.
“He had some pain in his hamstring, which is initially disappointing for him. Having said that, it’s not unusual for any place who has been off grass long-term.
“When players come back, there’s always a spell where they need to get their body used to being on the grass. They have to adapt to the stresses of playing football every day.
“I’m not surprised that it’s happened, but I’m disappointed for him. We were never going to rush him back, so we’ll see how he is in the coming weeks.”
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That headline was very worrying but a hamstring tweak is not so much a setback as a new minor issue. Is there any way to change it to make it clear it has nothing to do with his cancer?