BOSS Eddie Howe said defender Charlie Daniels was “on his way back” from an ongoing knee problem.

The 32-year-old has not featured since the Dorset club’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton last month.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “At the moment, he is on his way back.

“He is in the phase between the physios and the sports science team, where he is building his tolerance up to the pain levels he has been feeling.

“He is not 100 per cent back with the sports science team yet. He is not totally injury-free and is still feeling something but it is improving every day.”

Daniels has made 109 top-flight appearances for Howe’s men – only Steve Cook has featured on more occasions.

The former Leyton Orient man has seen competition increase for a starting spot this season, with Spanish full-back Diego Rico joining from La Liga outfit Leganes in the summer.

“It’s frustrating for him to get injured. He is a player who has done so well for us,” said Howe.

“He has been consistent in his fitness, performance, training and attitude. His training quality has been really high over a long period of time.

“When you lose someone of that level it’s tough for the squad but that’s the game and Diego has come in and done very well.”