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First team

Team news: Squad latest pre-Forest

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The Cherries squad is returning to full fitness, though it remains unclear whether there will be any players fit to return for the trip to the City Ground.

Scott Parker takes his team to Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm kick-off) after starting the league campaign with a point in the 2-2 draw with West Brom last Friday.

Three full EFL debuts were handed out in that match to AFC Bournemouth Academy graduates, with a young and inexperienced bench also being leaned on.

Speaking to the media ahead of the trip to the East Midlands, the head coach addressed the latest injury news in his squad, starting with two important players who have had longer-term issues.

"Arnie Danjuma is back training with the group," he said. "He's missed a lot so will need some work to get up to speed and fitness-wise. It's good that he's back with the group and is back training with us - that's a real positive.

"With Steve Cook it's the same. He's back with the group, albeit he's modified in his training. He's still not available to play.

"With Junior Stanislas it was a pleasing result on his scan, it wasn't as bad as we first thought ad he's already on the grass running again. This weekend probably comes a little bit quick but I'd like to think the coming games next week will see Junior back in then.

"Leif Davis is training, again he's on his own modified schedule and is in the Danjuma category where he's not done a lot of work in pre-season so we'll need to judge where he is.

"Ben Pearson is back with the group as well, again he's not done a lot of work over the last couple of weeks so we'll have to judge that nearer the weekend with where we are with him."

Additionally, Jack Stacey has returned to training with the squad, Parker saying he will make a late call on the full-back and his readiness for Forest.

To finish his roll call, Parker answered on himself, the head coach landing awkwardly on his elbow after accidentally finding himself on the end of a tackle while stood on the touchline in the West Brom match.

"I'm alright to be fair," the head coach laughed. "It wasn't as bad as I thought initially. I had some pain, don't know if it was my funny bone, but I took some paracetamol and I'm fine.

"I'm the least important when it comes to injuries!" 

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