EDDIE Howe admitted Cherries keeper Artur Boruc could play in his 40s – but said that would be up to the man himself.

The former Poland international has figured in Cherries’ past four Premier League outings having won his place back from Asmir Begovic.

Boruc, who turns 39 on Wednesday, has enjoyed a distinguished career at club level having featured for the likes of Southampton, Fiorentina, Celtic and Legia Warsaw.

Asked if the stopper could play at 40, boss Howe said: “Possibly. That will come down to Artur and his motivation levels and mindset.

“Certainly, I’m seeing someone who is very focused on his football and is very driven to do well for team.

“In terms of shape and physical condition, I do think this is up there with the best shape I’ve seen him in.

“He is physically very lean and doesn’t look his age or play like his age, which is a huge compliment.

“He is looking after himself very well and is a top-class goalkeeper.”

Prior to being replaced by Boruc, Begovic had not missed a minute of action in the top flight since joining Cherries in the summer of 2017.