CHERRIES star Danny Hollands is looking to emulate Michael Owen's comeback performance after mirroring the England striker's miraculous recovery from hernia surgery.

Hollands was suspended for his side's League One defeat against Oldham after being sent off celebrating his last-gasp winner against non-league minnows Barrow in the FA Cup first round.

And the former Chelsea reserve team captain used the week off wisely, travelling to Germany to cure the troublesome injury, where world-renowned specialist Dr Ulrike Muschaweck carried out the same procedure used on Newcastle United hitman Owen.

Just like his more illustrious counterpart, Hollands' recovery has been rapid, so much so that he took a full part in training at Canford School yesterday and hopes to line-up in tomorrow's FA Cup second round tie at Millwall.

"I had the operation early on Saturday morning and I was up walking by 2 o'clock on Saturday," explained the inspirational midfielder.

"It's only a minor operation but being on your stomach it's quite a tender place to get cut open.

"But it feels good and I'm just happy to be back training.

"It's great for me and hopefully I'll be ready for Saturday.

"I'd already done some running and change of direction, and I went into a normal session, did everything and came through feeling good.

"As long as there's no complications, then I can't see a reason why I won't be in contention to be in the squad for Saturday."

Hollands was the saviour for Kevin Bond's side when he popped up with an acrobatic winner to see off Barrow's spirited challenge at Dean Court on November 21.

"My last game was in the FA Cup and it wasn't the best game to be involved in," admitted the 22-year-old.

"We know Saturday's a big game and hopefully we'll get through to the next round.

"It would be lovely because obviously all the big teams come in. It would be nice to be drawn against one of them, but it will be a hard tie.

"We know we've got to be on top of our game to go there and go through to the next round."

Hollands insisted Bond's squad felt they could win the match, despite coming off second best when the teams last met at The Den in League One - with Cherries losing 2-1 He said: "I think we were a bit unlucky to be fair. We're not going there fearing we can't beat them, we know that we can go there and win and get through to the next round, so we're looking forward to it."

When asked if he could emulate Owen's feat, when the St James' Park frontman hit Newcastle's winner against Everton just eight days after his own surgery, Hollands said: "It would be great.

"I've got to get in team, but it would be lovely to score and help the lads into the next round."