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Team news: Brooks back for Tangerines


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David Brooks is a key returnee for AFC Bournemouth as the Cherries look to maintain their unbeaten start on Saturday when they entertain Blackpool.

Brooks returns from his one-game suspension and could return to the starting line-up, while Jefferson Lerma is two games away from completing his own ban, which will conclude following Tuesday night's Carabao Cup tie at Norwich City.

Adam Smith remains absent through illness while Jack Stacey is unlikely to feature as he tries to shake off his quad injury.

Speaking ahead of the Saturday match, Scott Parker explained that the squad is in a similar position as it was for Wednesday's win over Birmingham City.

"We are where we are really, where we were before," the head coach said in his pre-match press conference. "Junior and Ben were both involved at Birmingham City and I suspect that will be the same.

"Injury-wise, for everyone else it's still too early for them for this weekend - Steve Cook, Lewis Cook and the others. We are were we are."

It's currently unclear whether incoming defender Gary Cahill will be fit to feature in the match, though Parker spoke about the signing and the massive benefit he'll have on the group.

He explained: "When you're trying to structure a squad to go into a big season there are loads of dynamics you're trying to fit into that, with certain characters and certain traits.

"We're a young team, I think everyone can see that, and I don't personally think there's a better player out there to come in and help those young players, as well as helping us on the field with the quality he'll bring.

"I'm delighted to have him here because I think he's going to be a big signing for us."

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