David Brooks will miss the start of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury, Bournemouth have confirmed.

Bournemouth midfielder Brooks, who scored seven Premier League goals after joining from Sheffield United last year, will be out for up to 12 weeks.

Bournemouth said in a statement Brooks sustained ligament damage during Saturday's pre-season friendly against Brentford.

"Following assessment by the club's medical department, Brooks will now miss the opening months of the 2019-20 season," the club said.

The news is also a blow to Wales manager Ryan Giggs, with the 22-year-old having become a key member of the national squad.

Brooks is likely to miss Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Slovakia and Croatia in the coming months.

Ryan Giggs admitted he has faced "a juggling act" in trying to find an effective role for Gareth Bale in his Wales side after watching the Real Madrid forward struggle in a 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat against Hungary.

Bale missed Wales' best opportunity of the game, firing tamely at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi when the ball arrived at his feet 12 yards from goal, and Mate Patkai punished his wastefulness by scoring the winner 10 minutes from time.

After opting to play Dan James as a lone striker while Bale started on the left wing, Giggs said the forward's morale was not a problem during training despite the 29-year-old having endured a difficult season in LaLiga.

"He is disappointed like all of us with the two games," Giggs told reporters when asked about Bale.

"I have said before, in the training camp he was great, about the place he has been great. It's difficult fitness wise having not played for a long time and then that short turnaround.

"The way he plays as well, those high-intensity sprints. It's difficult. But he's been fine around the place, no problem.

"It's always a bit of a juggling act trying to find where Gareth can be effective. We have so many players who can play off the right or number 10.

"Gareth has shown over the last few years he can play up front, number 10, off the right. It's my job to try and get his best position and to get the other players in their best positions as well."

The defeat was Wales' second in four days and left them second-bottom of Euro 2020 qualifying Group E after three games played, and Giggs acknowledged his side face a struggle to get their campaign back on track in their remaining five matches.

Group E strugglers Azerbaijan are Wales' next opponents on September 6, by which time Giggs will hope his squad is in better shape.

Having seen his side lose 2-1 in Croatia three days before their reverse in Hungary, Giggs said: "We've had two tough away games five weeks after the season finished, and you saw it in both games - a lot of the players were short of match fitness and we're asking miracles of our players.

"Ethan [Ampadu] has not really played, I did well to get 50 minutes out of him. Brooksy [David Brooks] was the same. Asking Gareth [Bale] to play two games in a short space of time with the way he plays after not playing for six weeks.

"But still, we had enough chances to win the games. It's tough, not enough of our players were at peak fitness but we have to probably win nearly every game now.

"We've made it really difficult for ourselves and we're probably relying on other teams to drop points, which they will do, because it's a competitive group.

"But obviously we have to start winning, if not win all of the games, then the majority of them."

Highly rated Wales international David Brooks has signed a new "long-term" contract with Bournemouth, the club have announced.

Brooks, 21, only joined Bournemouth in July, but he has enjoyed a seamless transition to England's top flight and become a key part of Eddie Howe's team.

A technically gifted attacking midfielder who can also play out wide, Brooks has scored six Premier League goals and set up another four in 23 appearances, prompting rumours linking him with clubs including Tottenham.

The former Sheffield United prospect missed most of February with an ankle injury and made his return in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Howe has been overjoyed by Brooks' impact, while the player is surprised by his swift adaptation considering he only started nine Championship matches last season.

Speaking to the club's official website, Howe said: "David has impressed everyone from the minute he stepped through the door, with his mature, creative performances on the pitch backed up by a good attitude and professional lifestyle off it.

"This contract means he can concentrate on developing his game with us, and it's been an excellent start to David's AFC Bournemouth career."

Brooks added: "When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted, and it didn't take long to sort out.

"When I arrived at the club, not many people would have anticipated the start I have made - myself included.

"I'm happy with the amount of games I've played and the performances I've put in for the team.

"I've loved every minute of my time here so far and I'm really happy to extend my contract."

Maurizio Sarri questioned his capacity to motivate a Chelsea team he claimed "stopped to play" in a 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth but maintained he does not feel under pressure.

The former Napoli head coach kept his players in the away dressing room at the Vitality Stadium for 45 minutes after a sapping defeat on England's south coast, banishing his coaching staff so he could address them alone.

Sarri called the Chelsea squad's motivation into question after the 2-0 loss at Arsenal 11 days ago and, although cup wins over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday followed, he found himself once again picking through the bones of an unacceptable display.

"It's very difficult to have an idea of the performance. We played very well in the first half," he said, after Joshua King scored the first of two goals in the 47th minute, with the excellent David Brooks and substitute Charlie Daniels also getting in on the act for Bournemouth.

"In the second half we conceded the goal after two minutes and stopped to play. In the offensive phase, we played not as a team, but as individual players and did not defend. It's hard to understand why.

"We had 43 minutes still to play, so we could solve the problem. But not with that kind of reaction. So it's very difficult for me to understand why.

"I wanted to try to understand after the match. I spoke with the players immediately after the match, but it's very difficult also for them to say why. So I have to try again tomorrow [Thursday] because I need to understand why, because I need to solve this problem."

The issue of motivation was again on the agenda, with Sarri suggesting Chelsea would not collapse to such an extent against one of the Premier League's leading lights.

"Maybe we are not in the top four of the Premier League at the moment, but we are competitive," he said after his team slipped to fifth, below Arsenal on goals scored.

"We cannot lose 4-0 against Bournemouth. I want to respect Bournemouth, and you know I like very much the coach Eddie [Howe], but it's impossible to lose 4-0 here."

The 60-year-old was also prepared to accept his own culpability but does not feel his position is under threat.

"Maybe it's my fault, maybe I'm not able to motivate them," he added. "But the team is very strong, it is also able to win without the coach.

"I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I don't see... I didn't see the signal of my work. So I am frustrated."

Sarri must hope that frustration does not soon extend to his famously trigger-happy employers.

Bournemouth targeted Chelsea midfielder Jorginho in their 4-0 thrashing of Maurizio Sarri's team, according to goalscoring hero Josh King.

A second-half brace from King, along with goals from the excellent David Brooks and Charlie Daniels put a lacklustre Chelsea to the sword at the Vitality Stadium.

The defeat is likely to bring fresh questions over the compatibility of Sarri's defined playing style with the players at his disposal and it proved another sorry outing for flagship signing Jorginho.

Speaking after the match, King confirmed using Brooks to nullify Chelsea's deep-lying playmaker proved key to Bournemouth's success.

"We knew we had to get Jorginho out of the game," he said. "Brooksy did a great job on him and then Junior [Stanislas] when [Brooks] went off.

"In the first 20 minutes of the game we didn't really get that right. The manager reminded us of that when someone went down injured after 20 minutes.

"I don't think he had that many touches and I don't think he enjoyed playing today. A great game plan by the manager and I think we executed it well."

Howe joined King in reserving praise for Brooks, whose wonderful display was cut short by injury in the 68th minute.

"It was huge," he said of the Wales international shutting down Jorginho.

"We had to make a tactical adjustment when the game wasn't going the way we wanted.

"David did a brilliant job, beyond his years with how diligent he was defensively. And then he showed his class at the other end."

Josh King's brace inspired Bournemouth to a 4-0 victory as Maurizio Sarri's lacklustre Chelsea suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats.

Cup triumphs over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday suggested Sarri's withering assessment of the 2-0 loss to Arsenal had the desired effect, but a section of the away supporters turned on their Italian coach at the Vitality Stadium.

Wales winger David Brooks created King's 47th-minute opener before coolly doubling Bournemouth's advantage, although he pulled up on a subsequent attack to cut a wonderful display short.

Prior to that substitution, some Chelsea fans sang "You don't know what you're doing" as Sarri withdrew Gonzalo Higuain after 65 minutes of his Premier League debut.

King's second and a stoppage-time Charlie Daniels goal means Chelsea drop below Arsenal into fifth on goal difference, while Bournemouth's first win since Christmas moves them up to 10th.

Pedro was preferred to Willian on the right wing for Chelsea and his early cross, aimed for Higuain, was headed goalwards by Mateo Kovacic, with Artur Boruc brilliantly tipping on to the crossbar.

Brooks should have done better with a 34th-minute header showed his class soon afterwards, dispossessing Eden Hazard and driving forward to force Kepa Arrizabalaga into action.

It was no surprise to see the excellent Brooks involved in the opening goal, controlling impeccably and laying the ball on a plate for King to crash home.

After N'Golo Kante wasted a chance to equalise, Brooks showed contrasting composure in the 63rd minute - collecting King's return pass and checking back inside David Luiz to crisply finish into the bottom corner.

Robbed of their standout performer, Bournemouth's liquid counter-attacks continued to flow and Junior Stanislas and King combined 16 minutes from time.

The Cherries continued to pour forward and Daniels diverted Jordon Ibe's free-kick past Kepa in stoppage time to complete an unforeseen humiliation.

What does it mean: Jury still out on Sarriball

Chelsea's head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba. Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month. But 45 minutes of largely listless possession and a second-half collapse brought the naysayers to the fore.

Howe fretting over brilliant Brooks

Having confirmed top scorer Callum Wilson has undergone minor knee surgery, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will hope to have Brooks back on his feet before long. The elegant attacker carved Chelsea to pieces early in the second half.

Luiz's best and worst on show

Chelsea's best moments during the first half were usually prompted by David Luiz's incisive passing from deep, which injected some tempo into their play. However, the defensive pantomime that accompanied Brooks' goal will always be part of the baffling package the Brazilian brings to top-flight football.

What's next?

Chelsea entertain the Premier League's bottom side, Huddersfield Town, on Saturday, while Bournemouth also face strugglers in the form of Cardiff City.

Eddie Howe explained Bournemouth feel fortunate to have signed David Brooks after his double defeated Brighton and Hove Albion, ending a dismal run of form.

Bournemouth recorded a 2-0 home victory on Saturday having lost seven of their previous eight matches, with Brighton seeing Lewis Dunk sent off for a second yellow card 17 minutes from time.

Brooks, 21, netted fine efforts after 21 and 77 minutes to get his side's campaign back on track, and Howe revealed they may not have been able to sign the midfielder from Sheffield United had he not suffered with illness towards the end of last season.

"We liked him a lot from watching him at Sheffield United," Howe said of the Wales international, who cost a reported £11.5million in July.

"He had glandular fever at the end of last season and that was probably the reason we were able to sign him as if he'd stayed fit and kept playing he might have gone beyond us [to a bigger club].

"Two great goals from David, both totally different but he showed his quality in both moments. 

"We've been pleasantly surprised [by him] - we knew we were getting a very technical and intelligent player, but he really buys into the team ethic and has a tactical understanding of how the team plays, and an ability to handle the Premier League, not getting carried away with his early season success.

"The recent run we've been on has been tough, at 1-0 the game's still in the balance but we stood firm. Hopefully that sets us up nicely for the Christmas period as we've got two matches now [against Tottenham and Manchester United] where we can really attack."

Brighton's Chris Hughton was disappointed with his team's defending for the goals, as he otherwise felt they had Bournemouth under control.

"You're always going to look at goals you concede and there will be aspects of it you're disappointed with," he said after a third straight defeat, which left Brighton in 13th, still nine points clear of the bottom three.

"He [Brooks] is a left-footed player and the last thing you want to do is to show him onto his left side and give him opportunities.

"That's the margins, on chances we probably had more efforts on target but there wasn't a lot between the opportunities we had and they had. It's about who puts them away - unfortunately, they did and we didn't.

"We were always in the game, it became difficult when we were down to 10 men with the pace Bournemouth have. But apart from the goals, we dealt with them well."

David Brooks scored both goals as Bournemouth ended a three-game losing run in all competitions with a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

A fine finish in each half from the 21-year-old secured all three points for Eddie Howe's side, who had lost back-to-back league matches before going down 1-0 to Chelsea in the EFL Cup this week.

Brighton were unlucky to be behind after a good first-half showing, but they rarely looked likely to get back into the game once Lewis Dunk was sent off with 17 minutes of normal time remaining.

Chris Hughton's side have now failed to beat Bournemouth since a 3-2 win in England's third tier back in January 2008.

Asmir Begovic made good saves to deny Yves Bissouma and Jurgen Locadia before Brooks broke the deadlock 21 minutes in, beating Leon Balogun before blasting home left-footed from the edge of the area.

It was a goal that was at odds with Brighton's control over much of the first half, and only another fine sprawling stop from Begovic prevented Dunk from heading in an equaliser before the interval.

Bournemouth assumed control over proceedings after the break, though, and Brighton's task appeared to be beyond them when Dunk was given a second booking for lunging to trip up Callum Wilson.

Brooks made certain of the win four minutes later, racing to meet substitute Ryan Fraser's cross and looping a header over Mat Ryan and into the right-hand corner of the net.


What does it mean? Bournemouth in top eight for Christmas

A run of seven defeats in their last eight games, and no goals scored in their last three, had left Bournemouth feeling a little blue ahead of the Christmas period.

However, this victory over their south-coast rivals means they will be in the top eight of the table come December 25, which fans would almost certainly have signed on for before the season started.

Brighton have a nine-point cushion to the bottom three, but Hughton will be a little concerned by how little his side threatened in the second half after playing so well in the first.


Brooks shows a clinical touch

Brooks' goals each showcased a very difficult skill that this impressive young winger managed to make look easy. He is fast becoming Bournemouth's most important player.


Dunk leaves Brighton in trouble

Dunk's crude attempt to stop Wilson running away from him left the visitors with little chance of salvaging a result, and his imminent suspension comes at a time when Shane Duffy has been banned for the last three games. Not ideal for Hughton.


What's next?

Bournemouth head to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Boxing Day, while Brighton host Arsenal

Callum Wilson struck twice as Bournemouth moved to within a point of the Premier League's top four with a thumping 3-0 win at struggling 10-man Fulham on Saturday. 

Bournemouth recorded their biggest ever Premier League away victory and stretched 10-man Watford's winless top-flight run to four with a stunning 4-0 success at Vicarage Road. 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe backed Ryan Fraser to shine in the new Premier League season following his stellar start in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City.

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