Bournemouth face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday and earlier today, we carried a report from Aftenposten, who claimed that Joshua King is ‘struggling to play’ against the Magpies.
The 26-year-old, who recently suffered an ankle injury, has been selected for Norway’s two UEFA Nations League fixtures against Slovenia and Cyprus.
He gave an interview to TV2 and the Premier League club’s attacker provided an update on his current situation.
“If I am not fit for the Newcastle game, I will not play the match. Right now it’s 50/50,” King said
“If I’m not 100 percent, I cannot join the national team. My club will not to let me do it either. It’s a little special injury, because there’s no timeframe on when I can come back. I just have to know myself when I feel good enough.”
The forward last featured for the Cherries in his side’s goalless draw against Southampton on October 20th and went on to miss the next three games in all competitions.
During the last international break in October, he picked up an ankle injury against Slovenia and despite that, King played against Bulgaria and the Saints in less than a week, which doesn’t seem like a good idea now.
“Had I not played the matches against Bulgaria and Southampton, I would have been back now. I am pretty sure,” the Bournemouth player added.
“It’s easy to say that you regret afterwards, but although the games that are important are important, I felt that the Bulgaria game was the most important game I’ve played for the national team so far. I get to cross my fingers for [Newcastle game] Saturday. That’s all I can do.”
King has scored four goals and registered one assist in nine Premier League appearances for Eddie Howe’s side this season.