CHERRIES remain cautiously optimistic David Brooks will feature this season, after it was revealed he had undergone a second operation on his ankle.

The Wales international, who is yet to kick a ball competitively this campaign, first went under the knife after sustaining the injury at Brentford during pre-season.

But the 22-year-old has been forced to undergo surgery for a second time.

Brooks burst on to the scene in the top flight last campaign following a £10million move from Sheffield United.

The Warrington-born star scored seven times and recorded five assists in 30 Premier League games.

Speaking about Brooks earlier this month, boss Eddie Howe said: “We obviously want him back as soon as possible.

“He’s a massive player for us, but he’s got to come back fit and able to produce his best and we’re all working hard to make sure that happens.”

Brooks will also hope to be fit for the Euro 2020 finals next summer, Ryan Giggs’s side having booked their place at the tournament last month.