Bournemouth: Eddie Howe weighs up Shaun MacDonald replacement

Shaun MacDonald
Shaun MacDonald previously had five loan spells with Yeovil before joining Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he may be forced to use the January transfer window to bring in a replacement for Shaun MacDonald.

The Cherries confirmed MacDonald ruptured ankle ligaments on Saturday and will not play again until March.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been a key member of a Cherries side that have now gone 13 games unbeaten.

"I don't think we've got a Shaun MacDonald-type player like-for-like we can bring in," Howe told BBC Solent.

MacDonald has played every game during Bournemouth's 13-game unbeaten run but was replaced in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 win against Colchester.

And Howe admits his absence will be a huge loss for the Cherries and may mean there is a new arrival at the Goldsands Stadium in January.

"It might mean we have to be a little bit more flexible in the way we set up," he said.

"It may mean we have to be creative and although we do have players who can play a similar role, Shaun was unique in terms of his qualities.

"But whether we bring one in from within, or whether we tweak our system, or whether we look to bring a loan player in January, all options are available to us at this moment."