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Former Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook will miss the rest of the season for Bournemouth after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for up to nine months.

The 21-year-old, a product of the Whites’ academy system, suffered the injury in the Cherries’ 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town earlier this week.

Cook, who captained England’s under-20 side to the World Cup in South Korea last summer, won his first senior cap earlier this year, but must now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines that will likely see him not return until the 2019-20 campaign.

It is a devastating blow for both player and club, with Bournemouth currently seventh in the Premier League and firmly in the mix for Europa League qualification.

Lewis Cook controls the ball during the Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 (Image: Daniel Smith/Getty Images) Read More

Cook made his debut for Leeds in 2014 after turning professional with the club and won the Young Player of the Year Award for his performances during the 2014-15 season.

He caught the eye of several top-tier suitors, but United managed to hold onto his services for the following campaign too, where he bagged the Young Player of the Year gong once more, alongside the Football League Young Player of the Year Award.

Despite chairman Massimo Cellino assuring fans Cook would remain at Elland Road, he was subsequently sold to Bournemouth on a four-year

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