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Cook hopes to put his “summer of frustrations” behind

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Bournemouth defender Steve Cook hopes he can be part of the starting lineup this weekend against Sheffield United in the Premier League.

Bournemouth center-back Steve Cook hopes he can put his “summer of frustrations” behind, as he prepares for the start of the 2019-2020 English Premier League season.

“It’s been a while since I felt good really,” Cook told The Bournemouth Echo.

“The games I played towards the end of the season was more heart overhead. I shouldn’t have probably played those games.”

“It’s left me a little bit short for this season, but hopefully I’ve done enough maybe to put my name forward to play this week (against Sheffield United),” he said.

“I’ve had a persistent groin injury since Christmas time. I’ve had a lot of complications over that six or seven months. I had an operation in the summer which didn’t really go to plan.”

“It was a summer of frustrations really because it’s been a lot of catching up to do,” he commented.

“When I spent that time in the hospital, I think it took a lot from my body and health. On Saturday I was really pleased because it was the first time I’ve felt myself in a long time. So even though I only played 60 minutes, it was really enjoyable.”

He added: “I was planning on being back training on the first day.”

“I came in a couple of weeks before the start and did one lap of the pitch and that was kind of my pre-season over because I couldn’t really run too well. I’ve done a lot of hard work with Dave the physio and I feel really strong now and ready to kick on.”