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Injured Smith to miss Newcastle showdown

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed Adam Smith would miss tomorrow’s Premier League showdown with Newcastle United.

Smith sustained a hamstring injury which forced him off during the Cherries’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town six days ago.

The versatile 27-year-old, who had started at right-back, was replaced by Nathaniel Clyne on the stroke of half-time at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Addressing the media at his pre-match press conference this morning, Howe said Smith had suffered a minor strain to his hamstring and would not be involved against the Magpies.

Howe said: “Adam has a small grade hamstring strain so will be missing. Whether he will make the first game back after the international break, I’m not sure at the moment.”

The boss also said midfielder Dan Gosling and winger Junior Stanislas would be sidelined for the visit of Rafael Benitez’s team to Vitality Stadium.

Gosling has missed the Cherries’ past two games and has been monitored by the club’s medical staff having had knee surgery in December, while Stanislas has been sidelined for the past five games due a hip flexor injury.

Howe said: “Dan Gosling is improving but he won’t make this game. Hopefully, the international break will see him in much better shape.

“Junior is doing well but is not quite ready yet. He hasn’t trained but he is improving.”

Ryan Fraser missed some training during the early part of the week but is expected to be fit.

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