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Team news: Latest on Riquelme, Brooks & King


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Rodrigo Riquelme, David Brooks and Joshua King will all have their fitness assessed ahead of Saturday's match with QPR.

Riquelme has been in full training with Jason Tindall's squad since signing on loan from Atletico Madrid earlier this month, with the Cherries manager explaining in his Friday morning press conference that the attacker is still playing catch up in terms of his readiness.

"He's a little bit behind in terms of football compared to everyone else due to the situation prior to us signing him," said Tindall.

"We're certainly looking forward to having him involved in the squad and if called upon I'm sure everybody will see what a great talent he is.

"I can only go on what I've seen since Riquelme's been here, and I've been really pleased. He's left a really good first impression with the coaching staff and the players and he's a really exciting signing for us.

"He's a down-to-earth lad, a great lad, he speaks very good English and understands what's expected of him and where he currently is."

After playing, and scoring, for Colombia in South American World Cup qualifying, Jefferson Lerma arrives back at training with the Cherries on Friday and will be assessed ahead of the match.

Joshua King played on Wednesday evening in Oslo and, with transfer rumours also surrounding the striker ahead of Friday's 5pm deadline, Tindall spoke of the Norwegian's fitness, as well as that of David Brooks ,who missed Wales' most recent match through injury.

"Josh, with only playing 48 hours ago, is on second-day recovery, so he's one who'll be assessed later to see whether he's fit enough to be involved," said the manager.

"Other than that, Brooksy picked up a knock while he was away with Wales, fortunately for us it's nothing serious, it's one that we'll assess again today.

"Potentially he could be involved tomorrow, if not then it will only keep him out for a few days."

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Good news comes from the progress of Lloyd Kelly, whose assured start to the season was halted by a hamstring injury picked up at Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

Tindall says that the defender is closing in on a first-team return.

"He's doing really well," he said. "He's back out on the training ground, this weekend is going to be too soon for him but we're looking to have involved for next week if all goes well.

"I'm really pleased with the way he's come back, the way his rehab's gone and all he's been doing on the training ground. We're looking to have him back in the next few days."

After an unbeaten start to the Championship campaign, Tindall is now focused on the restart and a heavy schedule of matches starting with the visit of Mark Warburton's west London side on Saturday.

"I'm really looking forward to it, we've had a really good training week with the guys who have not been on international duty. We got a couple more of the international guys back today, which is not ideal preparation for tomorrow's game, but it is what it is.

"We were in good form, we were really pleased with the Coventry performance and when you are in good form you just want the games to keep coming and continue that momentum.

"We're looking forward to getting everyone back together today ready to tackle QPR tomorrow, which is going to be another tough, difficult game for us"

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