Joshua King has missed 11 games for AFC Bournemouth this season.

The Norway international picked up a hamstring injury on December 28th and after spending over a month on the sidelines, he returned to action on February 9th.

He suffered another hamstring injury last week and that forced the striker to miss the Cherries defeat against Liverpool on Saturday.

Eddie Howe remains hopeful of having the 28-year-old ‘fit quickly’ because King remains a vital player for Bournemouth in their bid to avoid relegation. They are 18th in the table with 27 points, level on points with 16th placed West Ham United.

Norway manager Lars Lagerbäckg has given an interview to VG and provided an update on King’s injury.

“It doesn’t sound like there’s anything serious about King. We had contact with him a few days ago,” Lagerbäckg said.

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“King probably wouldn’t take a chance. I guess he agreed with the Bournemouth medical team about that. The club will also not want to suffer any long-term damage in the tough situation [league position] they are in.”

Norway face Serbia and Denmark in the European qualifiers later this month and Lagerbäckg’s comments indicate the Bournemouth frontman could be fit on time to represent his country.