AARON Ramsdale admitted it would be a “massive boost” to have good friend David Brooks back in action for Cherries but said it was “still small steps” for the playmaker.

Wales international Brooks was last week pictured undertaking some outdoor running exercises at Cherries, having not featured competitively for the Dorset club this campaign.

The 22-year-old has been out of action since July after sustaining ankle ligament damage in a friendly at Brentford – he has since undergone two operations.

Ramsdale previously played alongside Brooks during the pair’s time at Sheffield United.

Asked how good it was to see the attacking-midfielder back running on grass, the goalkeeper told the Daily Echo: “He’s had a tough few months and I’ve seen it all with him.

“Obviously the times when he’s been in Qatar it’s been difficult for him but I’ve been there near enough every step of the way whilst he’s been in Bournemouth.

“I’m not getting my hopes up at the moment because it was close last time and something happened so, touch wood, he’s out on the grass now and he’s feeling good but it’s still small steps.”

Ramsdale added: “He’s still probably a way away from coming (back), but obviously I’m delighted to see him if he can come back.

“Even if it’s just for six games it will be a massive boost for us and a boost for him and, hopefully, he can help us out.”