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Injury news: Smith back and latest on Hill, Faivre and Ouattara


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AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith is available for Thursday night’s game with West Ham United.

Smith is yet to feature for the Cherries in 2024 after picking up an injury against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Eve.

The 32-year-old has trained with the squad ahead of the trip to the capital and Philip Billing will also be back with the team after missing the big win over Swansea City.

James Hill will also be missing for a number of weeks, while Romain Faivre will travel to London Stadium.

Head coach Andoni Iraola confirmed: "Adam Smith will be part of the squad as he has trained today.

"I don’t know what level he is exactly but I think he’s available and we can use him.

"There’s no new injuries, Philip Billing will be back and Romain Faivre will travel.

"James Hill will be out for about six weeks I believe, knowing Hilly though he will try and do it in four weeks! We have been short at full-back and we know he will work hard to recover."

Antoine Semenyo and Dango Ouattara unfortunately had their Africa Cup of Nations campaigns ended with both Ghana and Burkina Faso being eliminated from the competition.

Semenyo was on the bench in the FA Cup win against the Swans but Ouattara is still with the Burkina Faso camp - where he recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in the Spurs game.

Iraola hopes to have Ouattara available for Sunday's game against Nottingham Forest but West Ham United will be too soon for the winger.

"Antoine has been training with us as normal and we didn’t want to use him in the FA Cup," he continued.

"He’d just landed without sleeping, he was available if we needed him for a short period but lucky for us that wasn’t necessary – he’s ready to go.

"Dango Ouattara is different, I hope he is available for the next game, it is really tough as there are two to three days between games.

"He has recovered pretty fast from his injury at the African Cup but I hope he comes back and is fully fit and available."

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