AFC Bournemouth are set to be without new signing Alex Scott for a couple of months following his move from Bristol City.
On Thursday, Scott finished a £25 million transfer to the Vitality Stadium, but Cherries supporters will have to wait until he makes his debut. He hurt himself in the lead-up to City’s Championship debut against Preston, and now we know how bad it was.
The medical staff at Bournemouth examined the knee injury he sustained earlier this month and discovered that it is worse than initially believed. His desire of making his Premier League debut will be delayed because scans have shown that he will be out for the foreseeable future.
“It’s a great signing for the club,” Andoni Iraola, Scott’s new manager, stated in an interview with the Bournemouth Echo.
“I think he’s a great kid. The first impression when we talked to him was really nice. Unfortunately, he will be out for the start of the season – probably first couple of months.
“He will have to take these weeks to settle in, to know more about the team, to know more the teammates, and to prepare and help us further in the season.
“But I think it’s a player with his age, with the season he had past season in the Championship, that he can help us a lot.”
Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said on Scott’s signing: “We are delighted to welcome Alex to the club, who is one of the most exciting young players in Europe.
“He’s a player that has vast experience at such a young age with strong technical ability and a really good footballing brain.
“Alex will be an excellent fit in our system, and we’re excited to see him continue to develop under Andoni’s management.”
Scott did successfully complete a medical exam, which is usually at the buying club’s choice and did not require that he be physically fit at the time. But if Bournemouth hadn’t acquired him due to injury, City would have been without Tommy Conway and Scott for an extended amount of time.
Yesterday, the 19-year-old shared his final social media messages with Robins fans and his family, who thanked City for letting him spend his time at the club.
Scott played with Bristol City for three and a half years, making 91 games and contributing six goals and seven assists.