Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is expected to return to action within six weeks, head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed.
Ake suffered a hamstring injury during Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. Howe has revealed the injury suffered by the defender is not as bad as initially feared and is "conservatively" expected to return within six weeks.
"It was relatively good news on Nathan's scan. The trouble with hamstring injuries, it's very difficult to give definitive timelines, it will depend on how he feels but I think we're looking at about six weeks," he said.
"That's conservative. Nathan could come back sooner than that, but I think six weeks is probably a fair timeline.
"He presented like it was going to be a really bad one. The scan showed it was a grade two - without going too technical - but then we've had further opinions and we think we can get him back pretty quickly."
"But with these injuries you do have to be careful, you never quite know with a hamstring whether if it's fully healed or not, so we're looking at six weeks."
Bournemouth, who are 15th on the log will travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to take on fourth-placed Chelsea starting from 6:00 PM EAT.