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Team news: Lerma could return

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Jefferson Lerma is in contention for a return to the AFC Bournemouth line up as the side get set to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

The Colombian was replaced in the first half of the match at Watford just over a week ago with a hamstring injury, but with the complaint not as bad as first feared he is getting closer to a return and could be ready to play at Hillsborough.

Manager Jason Tindall spoke to afcb.co.uk about his squad's availability before the side made the trip to South Yorkshire.

"He's looking good, Jeff," said the manager. "He's trained for the last couple of days and trained again today, so fingers crossed he comes through today's session fine.

"The decision then is whether we involve him for tomorrow or whether we involve him at the weekend."

David Brooks came through his comeback substitute appearance in the weekend draw with Derby County, Tindall pleased with the midfielder's continued progress.

He said: "He's feeling great, I think it was important that he got himself out there and got that couple of weeks training that he had and you could see that with his performance when he came on.

"He did make a difference and I'm really delighted to have a player of David's quality back available for us.

"Thankfully we're good, the squad's okay, so we've got pretty much a fully-fit squad to choose from which is really nice, it's something that we haven't had for a while."

The Cherries take on the bottom-of-the-table Owls with Tindall knowing that despite the league placings his side will be in for a tough battle.

"It was a hard start they had to the season, without even kicking a ball and the points deduction, we know what's that like ourselves," he said.

"They started the season well and picked up some really good points. Results haven't quite been as they'd like in the last three or four games but I'm sure it's something they're looking to put right, starting tomorrow against us.

"They're a really solid Championship side and we have to make sure we go out there and perform the way we know we can."

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