CHERRIES boss Jason Tindall insisted Joshua King was “in a good place” after recovering from a back problem and confirmed he would be in the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Brentford.

The 28-year-old has played just nine minutes of the Dorset club’s past 10 league fixtures, having contracted coronavirus and then been plagued by his latest injury.

King has featured just six times in Cherries’ 20 league games this season – he has started just three games under Tindall.

Asked for an update on the striker, the Cherries boss said: “Josh King is in a really good place. We are really pleased with the way Josh has trained in the past three or four days.

“I think he’s over the back injury that he had and I think that was due to probably almost working too hard on the training ground too soon after picking up COVID.

“We probably didn’t take into account maybe how much that affected him and it maybe pushed him a little bit too much, too soon which brought on a couple of back problems.

“He’s certainly trained well the last couple of days and looked really sharp. He will certainly be in the squad.”

Tindall also said winger Arnaut Danjuma, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, was not far away from a return.

Danjuma most recently featured for Cherries at the end of November.

“Danjuma is very, very close now,” said Tindall.

“It’s one that took a lot longer than we hoped and initially planned for.

“But he’s on the right track, he’s doing extremely well and we should have him back available very, very soon.”

Tindall confirmed defender Chris Mepham was still ruled out with a calf problem – meaning he would not feature against his former club.