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AFC Bournemouth: Record signing Tokelo Rantie could face Blackpool after visa is granted
MANAGER Eddie Howe admitted he remained unsure whether Tokelo Rantie would make his debut on Saturday – despite the striker being granted his UK visa.
Howe confirmed that Rantie had successfully gained the necessary paperwork to begin his Dean Court career following his club record transfer from Malmo.
But speaking earlier today ahead of the home clash with Blackpool, Howe told the Daily Echo: “I understand he is with his mother in South Africa at the moment so we are just trying to get together all the details to get him flown back here.”
Howe also kept his cards close to his chest regarding Cherries’ walking wounded.
He said: “We have been endeavouring to get a couple of players fit but we have also picked up a couple of injuries.
“I wouldn’t want to say too much more on that but there has been some good news and bad news mixed in.”
The likes of Matt Ritchie, Josh McQuoid and Eunan O’Kane had all been on the sidelines prior to the international break.
Howe said: “We have been working hard with the lads to try to get them fit. There is a whole group of lads who are not far away but whether they are match fit for this game remains to be seen.”
Discussing Cherries’ showdown with unbeaten Championship leaders Blackpool, Howe added: “They have done exceptionally well. They have been very hard to score against. That has been evident as a lot of their games have been very tight but they have fought and ground out wins.
“They have been very resolute so it will certainly be a tough examination for us with the ball. We are going to have to be very good, as we know we always have to be.
"But also without the ball, we are going to have to be good because they have got the likes of Tom Ince, Ricardo Fuller and Nathan Delfouneso who can certainly hurt you if you are not good defensively.”
Meanwhile, out-of-favour Cherries goalkeeper Shwan Jalal has completed a loan move to League Two high-fliers Oxford United.
Jalal, who has fallen down the Dean Court pecking order behind Ryan Allsop and Darryl Flahavan, has joined Oxford until October 12.
Boss Eddie Howe told club media: “I think Shwan has been frustrated by the lack of opportunities this season.
“Ryan Allsop has performed very well and been stable as our number one goalkeeper, so Shwan is looking to get some game time.”
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