AFC Bournemouth: Fraser set for training return but no more friendlies

ON THE MEND: But Ryan Fraser is unlikely to appear in any of Cherries' remaining four friendlies

ON THE MEND: But Ryan Fraser is unlikely to appear in any of Cherries' remaining four friendlies

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES winger Ryan Fraser is in line to return to training next week after fears were allayed he could have missed the start of the new season.

Fraser was a casualty of Cherries’ friendly at Dorchester five days ago and was substituted midway through the first half after sustaining a knee injury.

Although there were concerns the Scotsman may have damaged his medial ligaments after taking a couple of blows to his left knee, Fraser was fortunate to escape with only bruising.

The 20-year-old will definitely sit out Cherries’ next two friendlies – against Southampton tomorrow and at Portsmouth on Tuesday – but should be ready to rejoin Eddie Howe’s squad in training next week.

However, with just 16 days until Cherries’ Championship curtain-raiser at Huddersfield, Fraser is unlikely to be risked in any of the club’s remaining four first-team warm-up games.

Assistant boss Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo: “Ryan has made good progress over the past couple of days. We have taken him out of training this week and left him in the hands of the physios. It is pre-season and there is no need to rush back any player. He should be back on the training ground in a week or so.”

Tindall said striker Tokelo Rantie had a chance of being included against Southampton after a precautionary scan to his groin had revealed nothing untoward.

“He has been running on the pitches in the past couple of days and has had some hard sessions with the coaches,” said Tindall. “If he doesn’t make the Southampton game, he will definitely feature against Portsmouth, providing there is no reaction.”

Goalkeeper Lee Camp, who has missed Cherries’ first three warm-up games with a thigh problem, is again expected to sit out against both Saints and Pompey as a precaution.

Previewing the clash, Tindall said: “We are fortunate to be playing good opposition and have three good games in the space of eight days. Southampton had a great season so it will be a really good test for us. It will be good to see how we are physically and also if we can continue the good work we have shown in pre-season so far.”

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8:36pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Chukki's uncle says...

That's good to hear. Think Ryan is a tough little nut with a big heart. Cant wait to see him terrorise Championship defences again. Go wee man !
That's good to hear. Think Ryan is a tough little nut with a big heart. Cant wait to see him terrorise Championship defences again. Go wee man ! Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 7

6:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Shame would have enjoyed seeing Ryan tonight, but agree we should save him up for the real games, speedy recovery Wee Man!
Shame would have enjoyed seeing Ryan tonight, but agree we should save him up for the real games, speedy recovery Wee Man! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

9:18am Fri 25 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

If he was playing in Spain he would be getting protected by refs the same as Messi & Ronaldo. How many times was he kicked up in the air last season and the assaulter not even reprimanded? Its a short career if you get that many beatings a season, hope he's tough enough to keep going.
As said cant wait to see him terrorising full backs again this season.
If he was playing in Spain he would be getting protected by refs the same as Messi & Ronaldo. How many times was he kicked up in the air last season and the assaulter not even reprimanded? Its a short career if you get that many beatings a season, hope he's tough enough to keep going. As said cant wait to see him terrorising full backs again this season. canfordcherry
  • Score: 4

9:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

devon fan says...

there is a danger that all these players we are protecting could when used for the first time their injury could flare up and let us down at a vital time, I think I am more concerned about L ee Camp, he is either fit or not fit if he is fit he should be playing
there is a danger that all these players we are protecting could when used for the first time their injury could flare up and let us down at a vital time, I think I am more concerned about L ee Camp, he is either fit or not fit if he is fit he should be playing devon fan
  • Score: 2

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