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Team news: Cook could return in Cup


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Steve Cook could return from suspension on Monday night as Arsenal visit Vitality Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Cook served a one-match ban in midweek following his dismissal against Norwich City, but returns to the manager's thoughts ahead of the tie with the Gunners.

In his pre-match press conference, manager Eddie Howe spoke further about his mindset and concerns surrounding his team selection for the match.

"We have made changes previously," said Howe. "I always back the squad and I always back the players that are picked to be good enough to win the respective game.

"We'll look at who we have fit and available, we have a very small squad to pick from. We do have injury concerns over some of the players who have been playing every week in the Premier League and I've made that clear for some time now."

The Cherries came through Tuesday's win over Brighton without any apparent new injury concerns, though Howe revealed some members of his squad have been playing despite concerns. 

"There are some players playing with injuries that ideally if we had a full squad to pick from wouldn't be playing," he said.

"We'll wait and see what team is available. We do have a couple of injury concerns, I won't go into individual names but there are a couple of players who are struggling."

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