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AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe reports 'steady progress' on injury front
Howe has several players battling to prove their fitness in time for Cherries’ Championship clash against high-flying Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Cherries meet fourth-placed Forest at the City Ground before heading back up the M1 to face Leicester, who are currently third, seven days later.
Midfielder Shaun MacDonald could be in contention after recovering from a knee problem which forced him to withdraw from the Wales squad last week.
However, winger Ryan Fraser, who also pulled out of international duty with Scotland under-21s, could remain a doubt due to his fragile hamstring.
Loan star Jack Collison has returned to training after taking a knock to his knee during Cherries’ 5-2 win over Millwall, while defender Charlie Daniels is improving, according to Howe.
Daniels and Matt Ritchie both recently flew to Italy to have treatment at a FIFA-registered clinic in Rome, with striker Lewis Grabban also attending over the weekend.
Grabban, who has netted seven goals for Cherries this season, was referred for a consultation on a persistent heel complaint which has been troubling him.
Josh McQuoid (knee) and Mohamed Coulibaly (Achilles), both of whom have been dogged by injury this season, are also due to seek expert medical advice in Rome in the next few days.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “Lewis had his heel checked out and should be okay for Saturday. It is something which may need addressing further down the line.
“Charlie is making good progress and the time in Italy was really good for him. It helped with his heel problem. He had intensive treatment and is close to training so we are really pleased with how he is doing at the moment.
“Ryan Fraser’s hamstring problem is being assessed by our physios and, again, we are going to have to monitor him closely to see whether he will be fit and available for Forest.
“The break has given us a chance to get some good work into the players. Harry Arter hadn’t done a lot of training before he came back against Millwall so he has had a good two weeks under his belt.
“We have reintroduced Shaun MacDonald this week and Jack Collison has returned to training after his knee problem.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, injured during Cherries’ 2-1 defeat at Leeds a fortnight ago, could remain sidelined for around a month.
Howe said: “He suffered a thigh strain and a dead leg in the same incident. He has had the appropriate scans and we know what the injury is but think it is going to be three to four weeks before he is back.”
Long-term injury victims Joe Partington and Wes Fogden are both close to returning to training after suffering setbacks in the past few weeks.
Fogden had surgery to cure a hernia, while Partington had to go under the knife a second time after an infection had developed in the wound following an initial operation to his right leg in the summer.
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