Cook hopes to put his “summer of frustrations” behind

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.

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“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.”

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