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Team news: latest on injuries pre-Preston


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AFC Bournemouth travel to Preston North End this weekend without any new injury concerns.

Jack Wilshere is available for selection again following his suspension for the game at Bristol City on Wednesday, while Ben Pearson could line up against his former side at Deepdale.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Jonathan Woodgate laid out his team news, with a further positive coming from Jack Stacey's return to action from the bench at Ashton Gate after injury in midweek.

"Jack Stacey's fine, Brooksy could be another three or four weeks," said Woodgate.

"Sam Surridge won't be fit this week, he's got to see a podiatrist on Monday, and that's it for our injuries."

The club have appealed for the opening goal in the win on Wednesday to be credited to Junior Stanislas, the strike having initially gone down as an own goal.

The head coach spoke about the attacker's effort and Stanislas' emergence as a leader in his squad.

He explained: "It's important for the players and for me it's Juniors goal, it's on target so how can it not be his goal? Normally if the 'keeper's making a save and he tips it in it gets given to the attacker.

"He's only missed one game for me and has been really good for me. At times it's been difficult for Junior because he's played in different positions.

"He's that much of a good player that he can play on the left or right side, in central midfield and he even started at wingback against QPR when he was probably the best player on the pitch.

"I'm really pleased for him, he's becoming a leader in the dressing room, which is also important. His 11 goals this season make for a good marker, hopefully he can go on and get 15 or 16."

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Woodgate also spoke about the younger members of his squad and their likelihood of them getting further minutes across the remaining Championship matches.

"It's difficult because I haven't seen a great deal of them and in 90 minute games and I can only go by training," he said.

"They have impressed me with their professionalism, I think they've all been good and they've just to keep banging on the door and maybe they'll get their chances.

"The lads who have been around it have done good and I'm pleased with them."

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