HEAD coach Scott Parker revealed new loan recruit Leif Davis would miss Saturday’s Carabao Cup clash with MK Dons through injury.

The full-back, who was signed from Leeds on a season-long deal on Tuesday, has been ruled out of the competitive season opener after picking up a knock.

Parker said: “Leif Davis will be a bit short for this weekend – he won’t be ready.

“He’s carrying a little bit of a knock at the moment. Nothing big, it’s just a minor problem so he’s just going to be coming on to the grass.

“But at this moment it’s just still a little bit early for him. We wouldn’t want to rush that and give ourselves a bigger problem down the road.

“We will get him to where we need to get him. He has had the majority of pre-season, so he’s in a good place. It’s just a little injury which is setting him back.”

The boss also confirmed the likes of Arnaut Danjuma, Steve Cook and Lewis Cook would still be absent – the latter continuing his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The clash with MK marks Parker’s first competitive game in charge of Cherries since his appointment earlier this month.

“I like the competition definitely,” he added. “It’s one where I want to win the game and get a run in this competition.

“It’s obviously a competitive game, so the balance of course – it would be our last pre-season game the way this falls. This is our last pre-season game but this is a competitive one.

“It sounds cliché but every game we go into we want to win against tough opposition in MK Dons. They are a good side.

“We need to be right at it at the weekend to make sure we come out with a result."