Owned by Chelsea, Christian Atsu’s injury troubles on loan with Bournemouth has resulted in his return to London.
Manager Eddie Howe has confirmed the Ghana international’s shin injury and the extent of his recovery problems.
Atsu was on loan at Everton last season, and hasn’t settled down at Bournemouth this time either.
“He picked up a knock on international duty that is why he hasn’t been seen and is now back at Chelsea for treatment,” Howe was quoted in The Guardian.
“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 time frame 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 weeks,” he added.
The 23-year-old was bizarrely tipped for FIFA awards honours this year, despite his struggles at club level in the English Premier League. Though, this is due to his performances when Ghana finished runners up in the Afcon this year.
“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.”
Though, Atsu needs to get fit again and make an impact in the actual league games.