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Howe has no new injury issues

19th April 2019, 13:03 by Dan McCarthy

Eddie Howe has confirmed there are no new injury concerns ahead of their home clash with Fulham on Saturday.

The Cherries go into the match against Scott Parker's relegated side with little to play for, given safety is virtually guaranteed following last Saturday's 5-0 thumping of south-coast rivals Brighton.

Steve Cook figured in that clash, his first game back following two months out injured, and was replaced after 87 minutes by Jack Simpson as a precautionary matter.

However, Howe says Cook will be fine to play against the Cottagers, despite naturally lacking match fitness.

Howe said: "We're pretty much as we were. I don't think we've got any major differences from last week.

"We still have a lot of players out on the long-term list but no great changes.

"Steve had only done a couple of sessions last week in the build-up to the Brighton game but he'd done a lot of fitness work with our sports conditioning coaches and we were hopeful that he would be OK to play a large proportion of the game and that's how it turned out.

"I think there's a little bit of stiffness naturally from the game but nothing that would worry us."

Andrew Surman (calf), Diego Rico (ankle), Charlie Daniels (kneecap), Lewis Cook and Simon Francis (both knee ligaments) are all still out with long-term injuries.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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