EDDIE Howe says David Brooks has "had another good week" as he steps up his recovery from an ankle injury.

The Welshman, 22, has not played for Cherries since suffering the problem in a pre-season friendly at Brentford back in July.

Having undergone two operations on his ankle, Brooks has returned to some outdoor running exercises but is yet to return to full training with the squad.

"He’s had another good week," said boss Howe.

"It is small steps for David at the moment because he’s coming from a long way back.

"He’s been out a long time, we’re just hopeful that the ankle day-to-day, as he does more and more intense work, continues to stay pain-free which it is at the moment."

Asked if the winger is becoming impatient at not being able to train with the rest of the group, Howe added: "I think the feeling changes. I think when you’re solely focusing on your injury and hoping it feels okay I think the first few sessions you’re thinking solely about how the ankle feels.

"And as soon as that starts to feel okay, I think you’re thinking ‘I want to train’.

"I think it’s managing that and making sure he comes back to training when he’s got a load behind him and he’s ready to do so."