BOSS Eddie Howe admitted it was great to see David Brooks back in action for Cherries but warned: “It’s not a one-man show.”

The Wales international made his first competitive start of the campaign during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, following a long-term ankle injury.

Brooks lasted 61 minutes of the defeat before he was replaced by Junior Stanislas.

And Howe insisted it would take the Warrington-born star time to get back to his very best.

He said: “It’s not a one-man show. David is an important part of the team but we have a team to perform and to create chances for each other.

“We can’t be reliant just on him.

“But in saying that, he is an outstanding player and I think there were moments in there that are promising for us.

“Obviously, the length of time he’s been out, there is going to be an element where he’s just going to be working his way back to his best levels.”

Brooks’s previous Premier League appearance came in a 3-3 draw at Southampton in April 2019.

Howe added: “It was great to see him back. I think there was an element of rustiness in his game which is to be expected, the length of time that he’s been out.

“But I think there were signs and there were moments of what it’s going to bring the team.

“I’m delighted he came through that period of time, hopefully unscathed. There was a bit of cramp for him but, physically, that’s to be expected.

“He hasn’t done a huge amount of training with the team but we know how big he’s going to be for us.”

Brooks will be hoping to be fit for Cherries’ trip to Wolves in the top flight on Wednesday (6pm).