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Team news: Caution being taken with Danjuma


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Arnaut Danjuma is being treated using caution as the Cherries get set for their latest match, away to Luton Town on Saturday.

The Dutch forward hasn't appeared since the late-November win over Nottingham Forest, progress on his stellar start to the season halted by a hamstring injury.

Unlikely to be considered for the weekend match, manager Jason Tindall spoke about Danjuma during his pre-match press conference.

"It's a cautious approach with Arnie," he said. "With hamstring injuries and with players who have had hamstring injuries in the past you have to learn from the experiences and adopt a careful low-risk approach.

"That's what we're doing with Arnie, because when Arnie's back we want him to remain back and for him to be able to make a difference."

After the grueling win over a stubborn Wycombe Wanderers side on Tuesday night, Tindall reported no new availability concerns among his squad.

"Thankfully no fresh injury concerns to worry about, which is something you hope for during this busy period," he continued.

"We go into the game with the same squad that was available for the Wycombe game."

The Cherries have now kept four successive clean sheets in the Championship, despite a number of defensive absences.

Jack Simpson - who celebrates his 24th birthday the day before the Luton match - incoming and impressing in the last two matches.

Tindall spoke of the academy graduate: "That's credit to Jack for being so patient and for doing all the hard work behind the scenes on the training ground to prepare himself to make sure he's ready when he's called upon and gets the opportunity.

"He's certainly taken that if the last two games are anything to go by, I'm sure he's in a good place now and wants to go out the and deliver good performances consistently."

The trip to Kenilworth Road comes as Bedfordshire moves into tier three and Luton will consequently be hosting on Saturday without any fans in attendance.

However, Tindall explained that in the Hatters' recent home matches they have shown their ability to upset even the top sides in the division.

"It'll be a very tough game, like we have experienced for so long now in the Championship. Every game is different, every game is a tough game and everybody's fighting for points," he said.

"Judging by Luton's last two games at home you can see that. They beat Norwich comfortably and then backed that up with another good home result against Preston, scoring three goals in both of those games.

"That just goes to show what a good side they are and how difficult this game is going to be."

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