DAVID Brooks is edging ever closer to a return to action for Cherries.

The Wales star has not played club football since the Carabao Cup defeat at Manchester City on September 24, due to illness and a knock picked up whilst away on international duty.

Boss Jason Tindall said Brooks had been eager to play in Saturday's Championship game at Watford, and it is hoped he is now on the brink of a return to the team, either against Bristol City tomorrow, or Saturday's home clash with Derby County.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game at Vitality Stadium, Tindall said: "David Brooks has really benefitted from the extra training sessions.

"He’s looking a lot sharper, a lot better and is someone we’ll be looking to involve at some time this week.

"There are no new, fresh injury worries to report after the Watford game, other than your normal knocks and bruises really."

One man who is touch and go for the clash with the Robins is Adam Smith, who missed the weekend trip to Vicarage Road due to a knee problem.

"He’s still got a bit of swelling in his knee," said Tindall.

"He’s one that we’ll have to assess again tomorrow, just to see if there’s any improvement and if he’s available for selection."