Max Gradel: Bournemouth winger faces lengthy knee injury lay-off

Max Gradel battles for the ball
Max Gradel has played three matches for Bournemouth

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel could be out until 2016 after tearing a cruciate ligament in his knee.

The Ivorian, a £7m summer signing from Saint Etienne, suffered the injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leicester.

Gradel, 27, was sidelined with a similar injury in 2013.

Bournemouth have moved quickly to strengthen their squad on transfer deadline day, signing Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray on a three-year deal for £4m.