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Mame Biram Diouf hits Bournemouth late to give Stoke first league win

The substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s late header gave Stoke City their first league win of the season but the game was marred by a serious-looking knee injury to Bournemouth’s top scorer, Callum Wilson.

The striker, who has scored five goals in six games up until Saturday went to ground in the eighth minute, having appeared to twist his knee while being tracked by Philipp Wollscheid. He received treatment on the field before managing to walk off it and shortly after came back on.

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Mame Biram Diouf. right, celebrates scoring Stoke City’s second goal against Bournemouth with his team mate Jonathan Walters at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

But almost immediately his leg buckled underneath him as he ran for the ball and he was carried off, to be replaced by Glenn Murray. His team-mates were affected by the incident and it was no surprise when Stoke took the lead with a shot from close range by Jonathan Walters after 32 minutes.

The Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, said: “It doesn’t look good at this moment. He is in a brace and on crutches and is in a bit of pain – there is a bit of swelling there. We won’t know until we get it scanned and properly looked at, but it is worrying for us – it looks like it could be a serious knee injury. All I know is he took a whack to the knee, felt he was OK to carry on and then collapsed in agony, and obviously that is not a good sign.”

Bournemouth equalised 14 minutes from the end when Dan Gosling found the net with a shot. Diouf nodded home with seven minutes to go as Mark Hughes’s side finally sealed a victory that takes them out of the relegation zone.

Murray subsequently almost brought Bournemouth another equaliser, but the Stoke goalkeeper, Jack Butland saved well.

Stoke went into the contest having made their worst ever start to a Premier League season, taking just three points from six games. Mark Hughes said: “It was an important win. I would argue we have probably played better in other games and got beaten.

“But today was about getting the three points and making sure we got that situation we found ourselves in off our backs. We are delighted with the result and will take the three points.”

Hughes had injury concerns of his own, with the winger Xherdan Shaqiri having been forced off after picking up an apparent hamstring problem just before the interval. The Stoke manager said: “I haven’t had an update yet. It looked like a hamstring. He pulled up sharply.

“We’ll settle him down tomorrow, probably get a scan on Monday and see what the damage is. But hopefully, given he came off quite readily and didn’t hang around, he hasn’t done too much. He did the right thing.” – the guardian-

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