King suffers injury set-back

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Bournemouth will be disappointed with news of an injury to striker Josh King he suffered while on international duty.

The 25-year-old Norwegian forward picked up a hamstring strain in the 8-0 defeat of San Marino where he scored twice.

He will now miss the final qualifier with Northern Ireland, although in fourth place in Group C with just 10 points, behind Germany (27), Northern Ireland (19) and the Czech Republic (12), the nation's World Cup dreams are over.

King will be replaced by Bjorn Maars Johnsen who was called up as a replacement.

Speaking to NFF TV, the injured player said: "I felt my hamstring during the game Thursday and in view of my history, we will not take any chances. 

"Myself, Lars (Lagerback) and the medical team have discussed the situation and agreed that I will be going home to get back to fitness as soon as possible."

King, with just one league goal to his name this season, will return to Bournemouth to be assessed ahead of his sides next Premier League match against Tottenham next Saturday.