MANAGER Jason Tindall revealed Cameron Carter-Vickers was still two to three weeks away from making his Cherries debut after an ankle ligament injury had been more severe than first feared.

The on-loan Tottenham defender had been building up his match sharpness ahead of making his first appearance for Cherries, since signing on domestic deadline day in October.

But having rolled his ankle last month, United States international Carter-Vickers is still unable to get back on the training ground.

He will miss Cherries’ trip to Barnsley tomorrow as his wait for a first game under Tindall goes on.

The Cherries boss said: “Cam is unfortunately still going to be two or three weeks away at least before he’s able to do anything out on the training ground.

“He’s progressing as well as he can do at this early stage and it’s one we will just monitor on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.

“I’m hoping to have him back probably in the next two to three weeks, providing there are no initial setbacks. That’s one that’s not quite right just yet and ready for us.”

Eleven league games have passed since the 22-year-old had signed for Cherries on a season-long deal from north London.

Tindall told the Daily Echo: “The ligament damage - when you roll your ankle, you don’t initially sometimes realise the extent of the damage you’ve done.

“Cam’s first impressions were it wasn’t too bad, he was walking fine but then off the back of the scan results it revealed the damage was a lot more severe than we initially thought.

“Those of us that know Cam and have seen Cam – when you’ve got his bodyweight going through your ankle – it’s certainly going to do some damage.

“Unfortunately for us, that’s what’s happened.”