AFC Bournemouth: Tommy Elphick fit and ready for the start of pre-season

CHERRIES SKIPPER: Tommy Elphick

CHERRIES SKIPPER: Tommy Elphick

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INFLUENTIAL skipper Tommy Elphick insists he will be ready to hit the ground running when Cherries return for the start of pre-season training on Saturday.

Defender Elphick, who led Cherries to a top-10 finish in the Championship last season, was troubled by a nagging back problem towards the end of the campaign.

The 26-year-old has been monitored over the close season by medical staff at the Villa Stuart Sport Clinic in Italy and has been following a strict rehabilitation programme.

Elphick has visited the FIFA-accredited facility in Rome three times – including a day trip yesterday – and has been given the green light to go full throttle when Eddie Howe’s squad report back.

Speaking last night to the Daily Echo, Elphick said: “It is a precaution and a case of prevention rather than cure. I took a knock to my back when we played Yeovil in April and it jarred. I went up for a header early in the game and someone caught me accidentially.

“There was a bit of swelling around the SI joint (sacroiliac joint) which is quite low down on your back and you don’t get a great deal of movement there. I played the next game against Sheffield Wednesday but sat out when we went to Ipswich on Easter Monday.

“It was a minor problem which we had to nurse a bit. I have been going out to Italy where I have been assessed by the staff. It is a great clinic with all state-of-the-art facilities and we are very fortunate to be able to use it.

“I have seen a specialist and been given a programme of exercises to work on. I also had a course of three injections to relieve the swelling and it is a matter of trying to keep on top of it so it doesn’t happen again in the future.

“I have built up my back and it is much stronger. The last thing I would want would be to get to Christmas and for it to stiffen up and be sore again. The work I have been doing over the summer should ensure that won’t happen.

“I have been training hard in the gym and will be able to really go for it from day one in pre-season which is such an important time for every professional footballer. There will be no holds-up and I will be ready to kick on.”

Elphick, who has been doing extra training with a number of his team-mates during the past few weeks, added: “Gone are the days when people disappeared for six or seven weeks over the summer. You are a footballer for 12 months of the year now.

“A lot of the lads have been in the gym and into see the fitness coach and support staff. With the way things are with technology, you can’t just stop for the summer and then expect to pick things up when training starts.

“You need to try to get that edge. Some need rest and others need to keep going and you just have to find that balance. We have a great bunch here and everyone will be ready to go on Saturday.”

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7:50am Thu 26 Jun 14

susi.m says...

Love your attitude Tommy.
Love your attitude Tommy. susi.m
  • Score: 10

8:02am Thu 26 Jun 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Another season of consolidation will be fine - shame about FFP!!!!!!
Another season of consolidation will be fine - shame about FFP!!!!!! ReluctantNicko
  • Score: 5

8:06am Thu 26 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

So we are still using villa stuart ? What's wrong with David Lloyd until our debts are cleared ?

UTCIAD
So we are still using villa stuart ? What's wrong with David Lloyd until our debts are cleared ? UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 6

8:31am Thu 26 Jun 14

mark.s says...

Junior Stanislas from Burnley
Junior Stanislas from Burnley mark.s
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8:55am Thu 26 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

WELL , . we got a couple of right tankings early on last year . . . . Lets hope we do hit the ground running this season. . . Preferably in the direction of the oppositions goal. . . . . . GOOD LUCK TOMMY
WELL , . we got a couple of right tankings early on last year . . . . Lets hope we do hit the ground running this season. . . Preferably in the direction of the oppositions goal. . . . . . GOOD LUCK TOMMY RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 7

9:40am Thu 26 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Here’s a tune to do your heads in for the rest of the day:

Tommy
Tommy-Tommy
Tommy-Tommy
TOMMY! TOMMY-ELPHICK!!

How I’ve missed hearing that! Only 6 weeks to for a romantic trip to t’ Gas Club with Mrs Ted before the ‘Uddersfield game.

Tomorrow’s instalment to do your swedes in??....
….It’s gotta be the Yann song!
Here’s a tune to do your heads in for the rest of the day: Tommy Tommy-Tommy Tommy-Tommy TOMMY! TOMMY-ELPHICK!! How I’ve missed hearing that! Only 6 weeks to for a romantic trip to t’ Gas Club with Mrs Ted before the ‘Uddersfield game. Tomorrow’s instalment to do your swedes in??.... ….It’s gotta be the Yann song! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

9:59am Thu 26 Jun 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 2

10:35am Thu 26 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount?

Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders?
UTC
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA[/p][/quote]Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount? Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders? UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -1

10:44am Thu 26 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
P.S.
I am assuming no "banter-machine" upgrades due to FFP constraints.
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA[/p][/quote]P.S. I am assuming no "banter-machine" upgrades due to FFP constraints. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -3

11:03am Thu 26 Jun 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
P.S.
I am assuming no "banter-machine
" upgrades due to FFP constraints.
Not at all....SE Banter machine upgrade complete and ready for testing (come on mincing arser, show yourself). Im actually looking to let the old banter machine go out on a season long loan to save on FFP.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA[/p][/quote]P.S. I am assuming no "banter-machine " upgrades due to FFP constraints.[/p][/quote]Not at all....SE Banter machine upgrade complete and ready for testing (come on mincing arser, show yourself). Im actually looking to let the old banter machine go out on a season long loan to save on FFP. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: -1

11:14am Thu 26 Jun 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount?

Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders?
UTC
Should i pack my Dr Martins, just incase we fancy a night out in't L***s.
Eeh by gum, it's grim oop north.!!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA[/p][/quote]Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount? Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders? UTC[/p][/quote]Should i pack my Dr Martins, just incase we fancy a night out in't L***s. Eeh by gum, it's grim oop north.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA
Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount? Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders? UTC
Should i pack my Dr Martins, just incase we fancy a night out in't L***s. Eeh by gum, it's grim oop north.!!!
Nah, pack your fluffy slippers and a Millwall shirt, I hear thats popular attire in L**dzzz (along with bolts in the neck)!

Hee hee can't beat a bit of pre-season banter warm-up.

Enjoy your tripe breakfat int' Noorth!
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: I can report a clean bill of health for Steady Eddie and Co, so we are ready to hit the ground running. Hoping to have a good pre-season, with a bit of fine-tuning of the vocal coards. Hotel booked for Uddersfield, lets get off to a flying start... EHBA[/p][/quote]Morning Steady-one have you considered using Villa Stuart for the vocal cord fine tuning, you may be able to get a 10% ST discount? Hope you have some clogs on order for your night out in't 'Udders? UTC[/p][/quote]Should i pack my Dr Martins, just incase we fancy a night out in't L***s. Eeh by gum, it's grim oop north.!!![/p][/quote]Nah, pack your fluffy slippers and a Millwall shirt, I hear thats popular attire in L**dzzz (along with bolts in the neck)! Hee hee can't beat a bit of pre-season banter warm-up. Enjoy your tripe breakfat int' Noorth! TedMacsCherryPants
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