AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe revealed Arnaut Danjuma had this week returned to training and said they would tread carefully with his comeback.
Danjuma has been sidelined since sustaining a foot injury on his debut in the Cherries’ pre-season friendly win over Lyon at the start of August.
The 22-year-old Netherlands international, who signed from Club Brugge, joined Howe’s first-team squad as they prepared for tonight’s trip to Southampton.
“Arnaut is in and around the training group,” said Howe. “He trained with us for the first time this week but he’s not training regularly.
“It will be a case of one session and then a gap and then he’ll train again. We’re building up and managing his load.
“With his injury, it’s about not pushing too much in say one or two days. We’ve just got to build his load and then he’ll be fine.
“He looked very good in the one training session he had and I was really impressed.”
Howe also confirmed Junior Stanislas, Adam Smith and David Brooks were all making good progress with their respective rehabilitations.
He was asked whether Lloyd Kelly could feature against Southampton having come through the Hampshire Senior Cup win over Basingstoke on Tuesday.
“We’ll wait and see,” said Howe. “What he showed on Tuesday is that he has been very good in his rehab.
“He’s very fit and showed a huge amount of quality in that performance. I was very pleased with how he attacked.
“We had a lot of the ball so he was flying forward, very much in the Bournemouth full-back tradition, so it was a really good evening for him.”