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Team news: Long "touch and go" for Norwich


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Shane Long is "touch and go" for Saturday evening's match at Norwich City, the Cherries' only injury concern going into the weekend.

The on-loan striker missed out on the matchday squad at Huddersfield Town in midweek and will be assessed again ahead of the 8pm kick-off at Carrow Road.

Saturday's opponents know they'll be promoted back to the top flight if they're able to beat the Cherries.

Jonathan Woodgate approached the availability news in his squad when he spoke to the media in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

He started: "Shane Long will be touch and go, we'll do a fitness test on him today and see how he is.

"Lewis Cook is a long-term injury, but all the rest of the players will be 100% fit.

Woodgate also shone a light on Junior Stanislas who made a return from illness on Wednesday as a second-half substitute.

"He came through fine, he's been an important player for us this season and has scored a lot of goals," he said.

"It's great to have him back in the fold, pushing for a start. We've got a lot of competition now for places and it's good at this stage of the season to have the majority of the squad fit.

"We're in a decent enough position at the minute, it wasn't long ago that Reading and Barnsley were five points ahead of us, we've done ever so well and full credit to the players for getting us back into this situation now.

"We need to be consistent in every single game that we play, don't drop off what you're doing now, keep your standards high and if we do that we'll be okay."

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