Bournemouth forward Junior Stanislas will miss the remainder of the Premier League season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury.
The 28-year-old has seen his campaign disrupted by injures on several occasions, however, Stanislas had found form after overcoming those problems, scoring four goals in his last eight appearances for the Cherries.
He has now been forced back on to the sidelines, with head coach Eddie Howe confirming the bad news ahead of a weekend visit from Crystal Palace.
Howe told reporters: "He picked up a serious knee injury against Watford and has been operated on.
"We'll be looking now towards next season and whether he'll make the start. We'll have to see how his rehab goes. He's a big miss for us.
"At first our medical team were worried about him doing his cruciate ligament, but it was the anterior, the lateral meniscus.
"It's probably the better of the two evils. It has been operated on and repaired, we're quite happy with how that has gone."
Meanwhile, Howe confirmed that Adam Smith will miss the weekend action, but has not yet been ruled out for the rest of the season, with the defender currently sidelined by a knee problem.
The Cherries and the Eagles shared the spoils from a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier this season, with Jermain Defoe netting both goals for the visitors.
He can be backed at 13/8 to score at anytime on Saturday and is 11/2 to net the first goal of the game, with Bournemouth 9/1 to win the game 2-1.
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