STEVE Cook is set to make a swift return from injury for Cherries with boss Jonathan Woodgate admitting: "He's got some healing powers!"

Cook was withdrawn early during a 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest on February 13 due to an adductor injury and has missed the past two fixtures.

He was expected to still be out of another week or two with the problem, but Woodgate revealed some positive news ahead of tomorrow night's visit of Cardiff City to Vitality Stadium (7.45pm).

"Cookie’s fine," said Cherries' new head coach.

"He’s got some healing powers by the way because he pulled his adductor against Nottingham Forest and now he’s fit to play.

"It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest with you.

"He’s got some healing powers somewhere!"

While Cook's return is a boost, Cherries' defence will still be without full-back Jack Stacey.

The former Reading man has not played since suffering a thigh problem against Burnley two weeks ago.

Asked for an update on Stacey's fitness, Woodgate said: "Jack Stacey, it’s too soon for him. He should be maybe 10 days to two weeks."