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Jermain Defoe | Forward | #18

Team: Bournemouth
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Jermain Defoe is edging closing to a return after taking part in full training this week.
The Bournemouth striker has been sidelined since fracturing his ankle at Stamford Bridge in December, but has made excellent progress, and he could be included in matchday squad taking on Newcastle this weekend. In the 11 games Defoe has missed, the Cherries have only tasted defeat twice in the league – at Man City and Huddersfield – a run of games which includes victories over Arsenal and Chelsea helping Eddie Howe to a Manager of the Month award in January. During that time, Callum Wilson has really stepped to the fore along with teammates Josh King, Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fraser to carry the Cherries from the relegation places up-to 10th. However, a hugely disappointing result last time out [a 4-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium] may see changes and Defoe could be named amongst the substitutes to add some attacking threat from the bench. Feb 22 - 4:55 AM
Source: Daily Mail

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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is out until February with a fractured ankle.

The England striker suffered the injury in a tackle by Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. He tried to play on but was forced off in the 17th minute. Defoe's name is one of many on Bournemouth's injury list at present with first-team players Simon Francis, Charlie Daniels, Harry Arter and Joshua King all also missing the clash with Man City on Saturday whilst Junior Stanislas was forced off with injury.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Jermain Defoe and Harry Arter are major doubts for the game at Man City after limping off during the 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday.

But, despite the quarter-final defeat, of greater concern to Eddie Howe, is a growing injury list which now includes Defoe and Arter. The pair join Josh King, Charlie Daniels, Adam Federici, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings in the Cherries treatment room. "[Jermain] went over on his ankle, he wasn’t right, he had to come off," revealed the Bournemouth boss. "It looks like he has potentially got some damage to his ligaments." He also added that Arter "felt his calf" which is likely to keep him out this weekend. Fortunately, Callum Wilson is back to bolster the ranks after missing out against Liverpool – the striker had an injection in his knee as he felt slight discomfort. Worryingly, the squad is beginning to look a little stretched – a concern heading into the busy programme and sitting just one point above the drop zone.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 05:42:00 AM

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth played out a 2-2 draw on Saturday with Jermain Defoe's finishing impressing.

The Cherries grabbed the initiative early on against the run of play when a well worked corner routine saw Defoe put them ahead. Surman took the corner short and received it back before playing it low to Defoe at the penalty spot. He shot well to beat Speroni but may had had more time on the ball thanks to Josh King holding Schlupp. Palace went close through Benteke before losing Sakho to injury but they pressed on and took the lead. Zaha won a penalty which Milivojevic converted before sub Scott Dann finished a messy corner off at the far post. Defoe channelled his inner Van Basten to draw proceedings level. Both sides had their chances, most notably through Benteke in injury time, but the Belgian's penalty was poor and stopped by Begovic.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 12:21:00 PM

Bournemouth's struggles this season continued with a 2-1 loss at home to upstart Burnley on Wednesday.

The hosts went down 2-0 after giving up goals to Chris Wood and Robbie Brady, the latter proving to be a real problem for Bournemouth as Brady recorded a goal and assist. In the 79th minute, the Cherries were finally able to break through with a goal by Joshua Kina. It was Jermain Defoe created the effort after a mishit shot found King at the back post, just 10 minutes after coming on after missing the last two games with injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Bournemouth will have a more familiar frontline available when they face Chelsea in GW10.

England international Jermain Defoe was unable to start the last two games due to a hamstring complaint and he was only able to come on as a second-half sub in the game before that away to Spurs. However, Eddie Howe said he expects the striker to be fit for Chelsea. The same can't be said of Josh King or Ryan Fraser. The former missed last weekend's win over Stoke through illness whilst Fraser picked up a knock in the Carabao Cup win over Boro, where his corners caused a lot of trouble for the opposition. Both men are doubts for GW10. Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith remain absent too for the Cherries.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Following two late withdrawals, Eddie Howe was forced to turn to Callum Wilson for trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Bournemouth striker has been building fitness with the under-21s after more than 8 months out due to a serious knee ligament injury. However, a return to Premier League action was thought to be a little way off despite his midweek hat-trick. But, after losing Jermain Defoe during the build up to the game week nine – due a slight hamstring problem – and Josh King - who was omitted from the squad on Saturday morning because of illness - Howe was left with little option but to recall the 25-year-old. Wilson was said to be targeting a place in the England squad before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in 2015 and following an injury plagued couple of years, he'll be hoping to throw his hat back into the ring for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Bournemouth dominated possession but couldn't translate it into goals as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City.

The game's main talking point arose just two minutes in. Josh King carved open the Leicester defence with a pass to set up Defoe, whose shot looped of the bar. Marc Pugh piled in with a follow-up effort which appeared to deflect off the hand of Danny Simpson. Simpson was fortunate to get away with the incident as his hand was in the air. Bournemouth continued to create chances but couldn't convert and were largely successful in restricting the visitors. However the Foxes did have the best opportunity of the game but Okazaki missed the target with an uncontested side-footed shot from 10 yards in the second half.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 12:24:00 PM

Jermain Defoe rifled home in the 74th minute to complete an impressive comeback as Bournemouth defeat Brighton 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries earned a precious victory to end a run of four straight defeats. Eddie Howe's side fell behind early in the second-half when Solly March headed home past Asmir Begovic. However, the flow of the match changed when the manager brought on Jordon Ibe. Ibe set up the equalizer with a nifty backheel for Andy Surman, who cut inside and placed his finish cooly in the side netting. The goal shifted the tide of the match and set Bournemouth on their way to all three points, as Defoe fired a low strike into the far right bottom corner in the 73rd minute after he was slipped in by Ibe.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Eddie Howe expects Jermain Defoe to be "fine" for the trip to West Brom this weekend.

The England international, who joined the south coast club in June, was rested as a precaution on Sunday after complaining of muscular discomfort following the 1-0 defeat to Valencia: "Jermain just felt some tightness in his groin. He hasn’t trained since but we are confident he will be fit for West Brom." Howe went onto to add that Nathan Ake was okay despite missing the 2-2 with Napoli although Steve Cook needs to be assessed after he was forced off in the opening exchanges of the second half on Sunday. Adam Smith and Brad Smith have recovered from respective thigh and hamstring problems but Callum Wilson [knee] and Emerson Hyndman [foot] remain long-term absentees. Junior Stanislas has been referred to see another specialist after surgery to remedy a niggling groin injury failed to address the issue.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 05:12:00 AM

Bournemouth were beaten 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium by Valencia on Sunday in their second friendly of the weekend.

Bournemouth attempted to play their usual fluid game but struggled against the Spanish opposition, who created a few early chances. Jermain Defoe, back at Dean Court for the first time since signing for the club, connected with a Connor Mahoney cross with a sharp half-volley which whistled over. Later, Steve Cook should have done better when he shot wide from a free-kick by Ryan Fraser. Fraser almost got onto a ball from Mark Pugh from the left as he moved towards the box after the break but it escaped him. Aaron Ramsdale emerged from the bench and replaced Begovic just in time to see Orellana's 25 yard stunner fly beyond him. Arter shot from range late on but missed the target while Fraser, moved forward to the right wing, sent in a good cross which was intercepted late on.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 08:32:00 PM

Eddie Howe has declared that the arrival of England international Jermain Defoe means that all Bournemouth's strikers will have to "raise their levels".

Defoe will be in competition with first team players Josh King and Benik Afobe in the forward line next term, as well as the recovering Callum Wilson. Speaking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Howe outlined that Defoe can be a role model to his teammates too, with Howe believing that the experienced marksman will be a vital addition to the learning environment which has been fostered at the club. Most interestingly though, Howe was keen to point out that Defoe will provide further competition for places up front, with Howe often deploying a partnership upfront. Howe added that he hopes the extra pressure will spur his goalscorers on to even better individual performances.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Bournemouth has finally completed a long-anticipated move for Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe.

The transfer has been in the works for the last month now since Defoe had a clause in his contract with Sunderland allowing him to make a free transfer away from the club following relegation. The 34-year-old joins on a three-year contract after scoring 15 goals last season for the Black Cats, more than a decade after playing for the Cherries while on loan. Said manager Eddie Howe: "We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer. We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again."
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Sources close to AFC Bournemouth have dismissed claims in national UK papers that a deal to bring the experienced striker to the club may not be complete.

The striker himself claimed that he had already undergone a medical at the club during the last international break, but he said he was content to delay the official announcement of his move while he was focusing on his England duties and to respect his club Sunderland, whom he has represented for the past two and a half seasons. Reports in the Daily Star that the Cherries were having second thoughts over the financial ramifications of completing the signing have been dismissed by the Bournemouth Echo, who cite their own sources. Instead, the deal should go ahead soon, with Defoe transferring to the south coast for free thanks to a relegation release clause in his Black Cats deal.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 06:22:00 PM

England striker Jermain Defoe has confirmed that his move to Bournemouth is going ahead.

In late May, it seemed as if the Sunderland striker was on the cusp of completing his move to the south coast club but news of the transfer had ebbed away in recent weeks. Defoe was questioned about the move while at the English national team's camp for international duty. He explained the lack of public progress in the move, explaining that he had undergone a medical already and that all would be finalised in July when the transfer window opened. The 34 year old is rumoured to be in line to get a three year contract in which he will earn £20 million over the period. Defoe lined out for the Cherries in a loan spell early in his career at the dawn of the millennium, in which he scored in ten consecutive matches.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 05:28:00 PM