MATT Targett has told of his determination to "come back better than ever" after undergoing surgery on the hamstring injury he suffered at Manchester United.

Targett says he's still perplexed by the "completely bizarre" injury, but the left-back is now focusing his attention on rehab after successful surgery.

Head coach Eddie Howe said this week he's expecting Targett to be out of action for upto three months.

Targett posted on social media today: "Still finding it hard to get my head around the injury… felt so good going into the United game!!

"Completely bizarre injury to happen in a couple minutes of the game! Surgery went well yesterday so I’m on the mend. Determined to come back better than ever."


To add to Howe's injury woes, Targett's setback was followed by a further blow as Dan Burn injured his back in the weekend victory over Arsenal and is facing a couple of months on the sidelines.

Howe is now forced to alter his previously settled backline, with Lewis Hall starting at left-back at Dortmund but being replaced at half-time after receiving a yellow card in a difficult opening 45 minutes.

Howe moved Tino Livramento - who started in an attacking role - back into the defence in the second half at Dortmund and moved Kieran Trippier to left-back, which is how he's likely to start at Bournemouth on Saturday teatime.