ANDONI Iraola says Tyler Adams is still “building” his fitness after making his latest return from injury and feels having the Copa America on the horizon “is good for him”.

Adams has endured a wretched debut campaign at Cherries, featuring just four times since joining for around £23million from Leeds United.

Hamstring issues have been the midfielder’s biggest setback, until his recent absence due to back spasms.

The 25-year-old came off the bench on Saturday to play the closing stages of the 2-1 home defeat to Brentford, the first time the USA international has been on the losing side for Cherries.

Adams will hope to get more minutes in Cherries’ final Premier League game of the season on Sunday, away at Chelsea (4pm).

Then, he will be waiting on a call from his national team to travel to the Copa America next month, with Gregg Berhalter’s men drawn in a group alongside Bolivia, Panama and Uruguay.

Discussing the fitness of Adams, Iraola said: “I think it’s important he feels confident.

“It is difficult, because he has been out for so long, he needs slowly to get building and get the confidence on his body.

“We will try to help him.

“He also has the Copa America at the end of the season, which probably is good for him, he keeps growing and positions himself for the pre-season in the best way.”