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Team news: Latest on Davis, Danjuma pre-MK Dons


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Leif Davis has a minor knock ahead of Saturday's competitive start against MK Dons, while Arnaut Danjuma remains among the injured players.

AFC Bournemouth get under way with a Carabao Cup tie against Russell Martin's League One side, six days ahead of welcoming West Brom to Vitality Stadium for their Championship opener.

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Left-back Davis arrived on a season-long loan from Leeds United on Tuesday but is carrying a sight injury, while Danjuma remains sidelined.

Chris Mepham is suspended for the tie as he serves his one-game ban following his red card at Brentford at the end of last season, while Jefferson Lerma starts his six-game stint on the sidelines.

In more positive news, Junior Stanislas is set to be involved on Saturday as he builds up his match fitness and Jaidon Anthony is ready to play in a cast to protect his wrist injury.

Scott Parker sat down with the media for his pre-match press conference to discuss the availability in his squad, starting by discussing the situation with the club's most recent arrival.

"Leif will be a bit short for this weekend, he's got an injury. He's carrying a little bit of a knock," the head coach said.

"It's nothing big, it's just a minor problem so he'll be coming onto the grass soon. At this moment in time it's a bit early for him and I wouldn't want to rush that and give ourselves a bigger problem down the road.

"We'll get him to where we need to get him. He's had the majority of pre-season so he's in a good place, he's just got a little bit of an injury that's set him back.

"He won't be ready and neither will Danjuma. Other than that we are where we are, nearly full strength.

"The Cooks, Lewis and Steve, are both a little bit more longer term, everyone else is fine."

The side's three pre-season fixtures offered a chance for a number for academy graduates to play minutes in the first-team environment.

Among them, defender Zeno Ibsen Rossi started in Tuesday's match with Chelsea, while Gavin Kilkenny has started all three games in midfield.

"I've been really impressed with them to be fair," said the head coach. "The younger players have done really well - hence you're seeing some of them starting in these games. 

"We had a big game the other night against massive opponents. They've built my trust in a short space of time over pre-season and done very well.

"They've been with us now for five weeks and hopefully they can maintain themselves at that level.

"That's the biggest thing with young players, you often find it being about maintaining a certain level. That's the difference between the ones who normally stay with a first-team group and those who stay, so we'll see."

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