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Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Bournemouth on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman has been ruled out of the clash.

Bournemouth are seven points clear off the relegation while Chelsea will be looking for a win as we continue our march towards the title.

Surman, who has made 22 appearances for Bournemouth this season, was forced off with a knee injury in Bournemouth’s goalless draw with local rivals Southampton.

Before Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted Surman’s absence will be a big miss for Bournemouth. The 30-year-old midfielder will be miss the game against Chelsea on Saturday.

“They can be quite nasty injuries, depending on the area and how big the damage to the ligament is,” Howe told BBC Radio.

“Whether it’s a season-ending injury, we’re not quite sure at this moment.

“I think every player’s different and they bring their own influences to the team. They all have their different strengths.

“Andrew for me is a very, very good controlling midfielder for us in terms of possession, does a lot of work that’s unseen, is good defensively for us as well.”

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