BOSS Eddie Howe insisted there would be “work to do” on the mental side of the game once Cherries are back in training.

Howe’s squad have not been on the training field together for seven weeks, with the Premier League suspended on March 13 due to COVID-19.

They have been working on fitness schedules individually from home – but the manager says the players are missing the camaraderie throughout the squad.

Asked about the mental wellbeing of his team, Howe told talkSPORT: “Speaking to all our players, I know there is one or two that really miss football.

“They really miss the high that they get, the actual game, the feeling of being around their team-mates every day.

“I think the most common conversation I have is ‘I miss the lads. I miss the laughter and the camaraderie that brings’.

“I think mentally there is a bit of work to do with the players when they come back. I am sure they have missed the game greatly.”

Premier League chiefs are set to meet to today to discuss the next steps regarding the campaign.