Cherries: Howe keen to get Hughes back in action

EDDIE Howe is hoping Cherries can get to the bottom of Richard Hughes’s mysterious hamstring injury.

Hughes could be a pivotal figure over the busy festive period after fellow midfielder Shaun MacDonald was ruled out for around eight weeks with an ankle injury.

The 33-year-old Scot has been sidelined since sustaining the initial problem against Leyton Orient in October and was substituted early during a reserve match last month.

Boss Howe told the Echo: “He has had a couple of hamstring tweaks. He has been feeling pains in his hamstring and then realising he hasn’t pulled it. It is all to do with nerves and quite complex but we are hopeful we can keep him fit.

“He has had differing forms of treatment to try to find a different outcome so this week is going to be a big week for him.

“He is going to get a full week’s training and we will see how he is.”

As well as Hughes, Howe’s central midfield options in MacDonald’s absence include Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids |and Steven Gregory, whose loan deal at AFC Wimbledon expired at the weekend.

Arter, now fully recovered from a groin injury, said: “I owed a lot to Macca when I was in the team. He is an unsung hero and he enabled me to get forward.

“Not only is he good defensively, but, technically, he is probably the best player in the squad. We have got players who can come in but it is a shame he is going to be out for a couple of months.”

Asked whether he felt he could fill in, Arter replied: “I feel I can play the sitting role. It is not a position I feel is my best but I could certainly do it if the gaffer felt it was the role he wanted me to play.

“We have a squad where the most important thing is just playing for the team and I want to play my part. If you get a chance, you have got to take it.

“You only had to look at the bench on Saturday. I was warming up with one of their lads and he commented about the quality on our bench. Every player that comes in has to make sure they are ready and nobody plays unless they deserve to.”

Cherries will host Reading in a friendly at Dean Court tomorrow (12pm).

Frank Demouge, Lorenzo Davids, Joe Partington and Stephane Zubar are all likely to feature with Eddie Howe keen to give his squad players some game time.

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5:24pm Mon 17 Dec 12

smhinto says...

I am just puzzled as to why people think that the likes of Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids and Steven Gregory can fill MacDonalds place ???.
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All these people are entirely different players who i feel cannot operate sitting in front of the back four as Macdonald did superbly or do the same job and function as he did.
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Perhaps a fit Richard Hughes will, but he is light years away from full fitness.
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I believethat we will have to change formation at Crewe and go 3-5-1 in order to fill up the midfield as Crewe are a good footballing side who will simply play it through us if we have a weakess in front of the back four.

Regards
I am just puzzled as to why people think that the likes of Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids and Steven Gregory can fill MacDonalds place ???. . All these people are entirely different players who i feel cannot operate sitting in front of the back four as Macdonald did superbly or do the same job and function as he did. . Perhaps a fit Richard Hughes will, but he is light years away from full fitness. . I believethat we will have to change formation at Crewe and go 3-5-1 in order to fill up the midfield as Crewe are a good footballing side who will simply play it through us if we have a weakess in front of the back four. Regards smhinto
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5:40pm Mon 17 Dec 12

bibocherry says...

Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.
Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture. bibocherry
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6:27pm Mon 17 Dec 12

AFCB_Lanky says...

smhinto wrote:
I am just puzzled as to why people think that the likes of Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids and Steven Gregory can fill MacDonalds place ???.
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All these people are entirely different players who i feel cannot operate sitting in front of the back four as Macdonald did superbly or do the same job and function as he did.
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Perhaps a fit Richard Hughes will, but he is light years away from full fitness.
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I believethat we will have to change formation at Crewe and go 3-5-1 in order to fill up the midfield as Crewe are a good footballing side who will simply play it through us if we have a weakess in front of the back four.

Regards
Isn't Davids a similar player to how Bartley was? and that was the holding man in midfield, Richard Hughes is the best option if he is fit but if not i think Davids should fill in. and are we gonna be handicapped because are so good? 3-5-1 makes 10 players( including GK)
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I am just puzzled as to why people think that the likes of Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane, Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids and Steven Gregory can fill MacDonalds place ???. . All these people are entirely different players who i feel cannot operate sitting in front of the back four as Macdonald did superbly or do the same job and function as he did. . Perhaps a fit Richard Hughes will, but he is light years away from full fitness. . I believethat we will have to change formation at Crewe and go 3-5-1 in order to fill up the midfield as Crewe are a good footballing side who will simply play it through us if we have a weakess in front of the back four. Regards[/p][/quote]Isn't Davids a similar player to how Bartley was? and that was the holding man in midfield, Richard Hughes is the best option if he is fit but if not i think Davids should fill in. and are we gonna be handicapped because are so good? 3-5-1 makes 10 players( including GK) AFCB_Lanky
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6:43pm Mon 17 Dec 12

golfer33 says...

4-4-2 is the way to play home and away.
we have good players to fill in all positions.
dont worry the squad wont let us down.
4-4-2 is the way to play home and away. we have good players to fill in all positions. dont worry the squad wont let us down. golfer33
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8:52pm Mon 17 Dec 12

babyduck says...

I walked past training ground last Mon and Hughes was being put through his paces doing short twists and turns in and out of the mock player boards. I think he may poss be close to a return if he didn't have a reaction to that kind of test. He is the answer but failing that, Bartley back in jan please Ed.
I walked past training ground last Mon and Hughes was being put through his paces doing short twists and turns in and out of the mock player boards. I think he may poss be close to a return if he didn't have a reaction to that kind of test. He is the answer but failing that, Bartley back in jan please Ed. babyduck
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9:34pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Wilkie says...

Well, I rate Marvin so highly, that I would put hime at a level above anyone else that we have in the squad in that holding role. I'd love to see him brought back, however, we would then be looking at one from Arter, MacDonald, Hughes, O'Kane, Partington, Davids and Gregory to fill the other central mdfield position. You'd have to look at at least 2 being offloaded to avoid having a detrimental phsychological effect on the squad midfielders.
Well, I rate Marvin so highly, that I would put hime at a level above anyone else that we have in the squad in that holding role. I'd love to see him brought back, however, we would then be looking at one from Arter, MacDonald, Hughes, O'Kane, Partington, Davids and Gregory to fill the other central mdfield position. You'd have to look at at least 2 being offloaded to avoid having a detrimental phsychological effect on the squad midfielders. Wilkie
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9:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

bobsworthforever says...

golfer33 wrote:
4-4-2 is the way to play home and away.
we have good players to fill in all positions.
dont worry the squad wont let us down.
Absolutely change the formation we will be back where we started i thought 4-4-2 was one of the things we were hoping for when Eddie arrived. We have almost the biggest squad in the division.Lets leave formation alone.
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: 4-4-2 is the way to play home and away. we have good players to fill in all positions. dont worry the squad wont let us down.[/p][/quote]Absolutely change the formation we will be back where we started i thought 4-4-2 was one of the things we were hoping for when Eddie arrived. We have almost the biggest squad in the division.Lets leave formation alone. bobsworthforever
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12:13am Tue 18 Dec 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

The good news is that Crewe like to play decent football & i doubt there is a team in this division that could out football us, so lets be thankful it aint Hartlepool away. No way can Arter play holding role, he,d get sent off (again). I'm sure Eddie has a plan in place, so no need to worry.!!!!!.
The good news is that Crewe like to play decent football & i doubt there is a team in this division that could out football us, so lets be thankful it aint Hartlepool away. No way can Arter play holding role, he,d get sent off (again). I'm sure Eddie has a plan in place, so no need to worry.!!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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8:35am Tue 18 Dec 12

TedMacsCherryPants says...

bibocherry wrote:
Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.
This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere?
[quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.[/p][/quote]This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere? TedMacsCherryPants
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8:52am Tue 18 Dec 12

bibocherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
bibocherry wrote:
Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.
This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere?
I had not seen it advertised either, so was shocked when Serena told me the price. The hope is drawing the crowds back and filling the stadium she advised. Could not buy my tickets quick enough. Money has been very tight, so this enables me to go to an extra game, plus the key worker game in March against Bury. Key workers go for £10 in the Bury match. As I said though, Crewe match is £10 for all £7 for concessions. Tickets selling well. Come on Echo about time you announced this as well. Hopefully the stadium will be rocking.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.[/p][/quote]This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere?[/p][/quote]I had not seen it advertised either, so was shocked when Serena told me the price. The hope is drawing the crowds back and filling the stadium she advised. Could not buy my tickets quick enough. Money has been very tight, so this enables me to go to an extra game, plus the key worker game in March against Bury. Key workers go for £10 in the Bury match. As I said though, Crewe match is £10 for all £7 for concessions. Tickets selling well. Come on Echo about time you announced this as well. Hopefully the stadium will be rocking. bibocherry
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9:31am Tue 18 Dec 12

mrsrat says...

Hi guys,
We'll have to dig deep into our pockets in Jan with 4 away games and only one at home in the first 3 weeks!
Hi guys, We'll have to dig deep into our pockets in Jan with 4 away games and only one at home in the first 3 weeks! mrsrat
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10:21am Tue 18 Dec 12

jontee says...

I have no doubt Eddie has a plan for Macca's replacement, but I just hope it isn't Bartley. His distribution is cr@p, and he gives away far too many free kicks, frequently in dangeraous places. He was one of the main reasons we leaked all those late goals.
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And this is the player, if you recall, who said he never wanted to play for AFCB again. Let's hold him to that.
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So Eddie, please leave Bartley where he is. The squad is big enough to cushion this set back.
I have no doubt Eddie has a plan for Macca's replacement, but I just hope it isn't Bartley. His distribution is cr@p, and he gives away far too many free kicks, frequently in dangeraous places. He was one of the main reasons we leaked all those late goals. . And this is the player, if you recall, who said he never wanted to play for AFCB again. Let's hold him to that. . So Eddie, please leave Bartley where he is. The squad is big enough to cushion this set back. jontee
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12:42pm Tue 18 Dec 12

abc100 says...

Anton Robinson for me please
Anton Robinson for me please abc100
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5:15pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Nickolai says...

jontee wrote:
I have no doubt Eddie has a plan for Macca's replacement, but I just hope it isn't Bartley. His distribution is cr@p, and he gives away far too many free kicks, frequently in dangeraous places. He was one of the main reasons we leaked all those late goals.
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And this is the player, if you recall, who said he never wanted to play for AFCB again. Let's hold him to that.
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So Eddie, please leave Bartley where he is. The squad is big enough to cushion this set back.
Exactly. We needa strong ball-winner who does not just run around following the ball, like some of our midfielders have a tendency to do, but a disciplined player who can shore things up.

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: I have no doubt Eddie has a plan for Macca's replacement, but I just hope it isn't Bartley. His distribution is cr@p, and he gives away far too many free kicks, frequently in dangeraous places. He was one of the main reasons we leaked all those late goals. . And this is the player, if you recall, who said he never wanted to play for AFCB again. Let's hold him to that. . So Eddie, please leave Bartley where he is. The squad is big enough to cushion this set back.[/p][/quote]Exactly. We needa strong ball-winner who does not just run around following the ball, like some of our midfielders have a tendency to do, but a disciplined player who can shore things up. UTCIAD Nickolai
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6:30pm Tue 18 Dec 12

West moors 1 says...

Hughes is not fit and hasn't been fit even though he signed a 2year contract?!?! He obviously was a quality player at some point but I doubt he will ever find the engine required in a modern quick pace league one match. Great free kick at Yeovil though! I would like to see Gregory given the holding roll, he's strong, quick and can tackle fairly unlike Arter. O'Kane is looking the park and deserves to stay in the first team. Up the cherries!
Hughes is not fit and hasn't been fit even though he signed a 2year contract?!?! He obviously was a quality player at some point but I doubt he will ever find the engine required in a modern quick pace league one match. Great free kick at Yeovil though! I would like to see Gregory given the holding roll, he's strong, quick and can tackle fairly unlike Arter. O'Kane is looking the park and deserves to stay in the first team. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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9:34pm Tue 18 Dec 12

RedhillPete says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
bibocherry wrote: Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.
This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere?
Three more home games before that, including Swindon, so no doubt club wants to sell those tickets first - then give us a bonus at the end of the month after an expensive Xmas!. Another three big home games in February.

Good idea, hope the crowd numbers reflect the offer.

Midfield - would like to see Davids and assess him over a run ofgames.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: Return match with Crewe in January tickets £10 for adults £7 for concessions. Have my tickets. They are selling well. Lets hope we fill the stands and get behind the boys. Well done the board for this gesture.[/p][/quote]This is the first I've heard of this has it been announced anywhere?[/p][/quote]Three more home games before that, including Swindon, so no doubt club wants to sell those tickets first - then give us a bonus at the end of the month after an expensive Xmas!. Another three big home games in February. Good idea, hope the crowd numbers reflect the offer. Midfield - would like to see Davids and assess him over a run ofgames. RedhillPete
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