JASON Tindall revealed Cherries are "waiting to hear back" having appealed an FA charge against Jefferson Lerma.

The midfielder was last week charged for contravening rule E3 for allegedly biting an opponent during a contest against Sheffield Wednesday in November.

He strenuously denies the claims with Cherries standing by the 26-year-old.

Cherries were due to officially respond to the charge by Christmas Eve, but the Daily Echo understands the club were granted a two-week extension to make their case.

Asked if there was any update on Lerma's situation, boss Tindall said: "No news. We've appealed the charge against Jeff, we've denied it.

"Jeff himself, us as a football club, we've appealed that situation and we're cooperating with the necessary people right now and we're just waiting to hear back as to what the next steps are for him."

He added: "Knowing Jeff as a lad, for him to be accused of that is totally out of character for the player, knowing him as long as I've known him and working with him every single day on the training ground and how he plays.

"He's denied the allegation, we have as a football club. Seeing all the footage and everything that happened there, that's where we are.

"It's certainly out of character for the player, he's a good lad, he's in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow's game."

Lerma is set to be available for the trip to Brentford tomorrow (5.30pm).