CHERRIES boss Kevin Bond is sweating on the fitness of key midfielder Danny Hollands ahead of the start of the new season.

Hollands has been feeling some discomfort in his left knee and has been ruled out of Cherries' pre-season programme for the past week.

The newly-crowned supporters' player of the year saw a specialist yesterday and was refereed for a scan, which he will undergo during the early part of next week.

Hollands, 22, has sat out Cherries' opening two friendlies and looked on from the sidelines as Bond's men beat Poole Town last night.

Boss Bond told the Daily Echo: "We are going to get him scanned as soon as we can and I can't say too much until after that.

"He's got aswollen knee so something is going on otherwise that wouldn't be happening. Let's just hope it's nothing serious."

Hollands was joined in the dugout at Tatnam by Ryan Garry, Shaun Cooper, Marvin Bartley and Joe Partington, who all missed the 3-0 win.

Garry has a minor knee ligament sprain and Partington a hip problem, with both unlikely to feature against Portsmouth on Monday.

However, Bartley and Cooper should both be fit to face Pompey after recovering from their respective injuries.

Striker Jo Kuffour is expected to resume training shortly after successfully undergoing surgery to cure a hernia in Germany yesterday.

Kuffour went under the knife of specialist Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, who also operated on Hollands last term.

Bond added: "If Jo can recover as quickly as Danny did, he might be back in training as early as next week."

Meanwhile, Bond again ran the rule over former Fulham goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade against the Dolphins.

Bond has made the addition of another goalkeeper a priority ahead of the new season, with Southampton's Michael Poke also a possibility.

He said: "I'm looking for a goalkeeper but if I'm going to bring one in, I want him to be good. I'm having a look at Corrin at the moment and we've got Ryan Pryce as well. But we know we need another one and I'm actively trying.

"I've had a few mentioned to me and would like to bring someone in who will make a difference.

"Michael Poke has been mentioned to me and he's a decent goalkeeper. I don't know what the situation is with Southampton but they are probably keeping their younger players around them at this moment in time.

"That may change between now and the start of season but it could be a couple of weeks before clubs start to let players out on loan."