EDDIE Howe anticipates Harry Arter being fit for international duty – but fears his midfield talisman could miss Cherries’ final Premier League game of the season.
Arter, named this week in the Republic of Ireland squad for matches against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria next month, has been troubled by a trio of niggling injuries.
The 27-year-old is due to link up with Martin O’Neill’s squad a week on Sunday before flying to New York to prepare for a friendly against Mexico at the MetLife Stadium on June 1.
Ireland then face Uruguay in a friendly in Dublin three days later before hosting Austria in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on June 11.
And while Howe thinks Arter will be in contention to be involved for his adopted country, he has confirmed the player remains a doubt for Cherries’ clash at Leicester on Sunday.
Arter was replaced by Dan Gosling nine minutes from the end of Cherries’ 2-1 win over Burnley six days ago.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “I am expecting him to go away but don’t know whether he will be available on Sunday.
“He came off injured in the game against Burnley. I don’t think there is anything too serious but he is carrying a number of knocks at the moment.
“He has had an ankle problem for a couple of weeks and also an Achilles problem that he has been nursing.
“He suffered a dead leg against Burnley so a combination of those three things make him a doubt.”
Fellow midfielder Lewis Cook will not be available for Cherries’ clash at the King Power Stadium as he is on duty with England at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals in South Korea.
The Three Lions kick off their campaign against Group A rivals Argentina in Jeonju on Saturday before meeting Guinea at the same venue on Tuesday.
Howe said Andrew Surman would be “in contention” to face the Foxes and reported Benik Afobe was “improving” following his recent hamstring injury.