Eddie Howe revealed he would be unable to call on any of his recovering players for AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League clash at Leicester tomorrow.
But the Cherries boss said the majority were on the mend and were working towards their respective rehabilitation time-frames.
David Brooks (ankle), Lloyd Kelly (ankle), Arnaut Danjuma (foot), Dan Gosling (hip), Lewis Cook (knee), Simon Francis (knee) and Junior Stanislas (hamstring) are all unavailable for the trip to King Power Stadium.
Brooks and Gosling were both expected to be sidelined for around 12 weeks following their respective operations and are on schedule, while Kelly and Danjuma are “improving”, said Howe.
Howe was asked whether Cook, Francis and Stanislas could be in contention to return immediately after the international break and said: “It’s difficult to give a clearly defined yes or no due to the long-term nature of their injuries.
Any player could have a minor setback so I don’t want to put pressure on them to say they will be back in that period but they are getting very close.”
Charlie Daniels was this week added to the injury list after damaging his knee against Manchester City and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Leicester have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season having drawn with Wolves and Chelsea and beaten Sheffield United.
Howe was asked whether he felt they could break into the top six: “I think it’s too early to make any dramatic conclusions from three games. Let’s wait and see how the season progresses from everyone’s perspective.
“They certainly look strong at the moment and have started the season well but it’s very early days.
“They are a vastly-improved team and Brendan deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done in really difficult circumstances, let’s not forget that.
“Just looking on the pitch, I think he’s transformed their style of play. They are very confident in their skin now, they are adapting to his philosophy and adapting very well to it.
“They have some really good players so he’ll be very pleased with the start they’ve had and we go there knowing it’s going to be a good game.”