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Injury news: Smith and Kerkez out, Kelly not 100%


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AFC Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola has ruled out Adam Smith and Milos Kerkez for Sunday’s game with Liverpool.

Smith missed the Emirates FA Cup win against QPR, while Kerkez has been absent since the start of December in the 3-0 win against Manchester United.

He did however, refuse to rule out Lloyd Kelly but isn’t sure whether the defender will be involved.

“We have Adam Smith out still as he missed the game against QPR,” he started.

“On top of that, Milos Kerkez is still definitely out, while Ryan Fredericks and Tyler Adams are longer term injuries.

“Lloyd Kelly is the only player who I would leave it open to, but he’s definitely not 100% guaranteed to play. He’s the only one who has a slight chance of being in the squad.”

Elsewhere, the Cherries are also missing Marcos Senesi through suspension, after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in the last Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Antoine Semenyo and Dango Ouattara are at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana and Burkina Faso, but James Hill is back in contention after returning from his successful loan spell with Blackburn Rovers.

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