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Team news: Brooks progressing well


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Jason Tindall has admitted that David Brooks is continuing to improve and could be in contention for tomorrow evening’s game.

The Cherries welcome Bristol City to Vitality Stadium for a 7.45pm kick-off, with both team yet to lose in the Championship.

The manager has been handed a boost with the progress of David Brooks, who returned injured after international duty with Wales earlier this month.

Commenting on the winger, Tindall said: “David has really benefited from the extra training sessions.

“He looks sharp and is someone we’ll look to involve sometime this week.

“Hopefully none of our players will fall victim to any more injuries if we use our squad right and are smart with how we do so.

“There are certainly the physical demands of the game. We’ve just got to try and manage the squad the best way that we can and utilise who we have.”

Tindall also provided an update on Jefferson Lerma, again stating some promising news after the Colombia international came off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Watford.

“We’re pleased with the results,” he continued.

“It’s not as serious as we first thought it might be, so hopefully he’s only out for 7-10 days and we’ll have him back soon.

“Whenever someone does a hamstring, you do fear the worst but Jeff being the character that he is, and how quickly he heals, we hope to have him back within those 7-10 days.

“Thankfully, there’s no new fresh injury worries to report after Watford other than your normal knocks and bruises.”

The 42-year-old was also asked about right-back Adam Smith, who hobbled off in the final minute of last week’s draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“Adam Smith still has a bit of swelling in his knee.

“We’ll have to assess him tomorrow to see if there’s enough improvement and he is fit to play.”

You can watch us take on Bristol City via afcbTV Live tomorrow evening. We’ll have a multi-camera shoot and BBC Radio Solent commentary to take you through the game. 

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