BOSS Eddie Howe wished Cherries’ international stars well for their summer exploits but stressed the need for them to “come back fit”.

Players from the Dorset club could be involved in fixtures around the globe throughout a range of both qualifiers and friendlies over the next four days.

And with a number of his squad still rehabilitating from long-term injuries throughout the summer, Howe is eager not to add any more players to the treatment room.

Cherries were without nine first-team players through injury for their final game of last season at Crystal Palace last month.

Asked about the international fixtures, the boss told the Daily Echo: “It adds another layer to it from our perspective.

“Of course, we want our players to play well – we also want them to come back fit.

“That is of huge importance, especially still with the long-term injuries we are going to have at the start of next season.

“We wish all the players well and hope they enjoy themselves.”

David Brooks and Chris Mepham could be involved when Wales today visit Croatia in a Euro 2020 qualifier (2pm).

There could also be a start for winger Ryan Fraser when Scotland host Cyprus at Hampden Park (7.45pm).