Kelly sets sights on starting spot
Bournemouth summer buy Lloyd Kelly hopes he can establish himself as the club’s first-choice left-back when he returns from injury.
The Cherries forked out £13million to land Kelly from Championship outfit Bristol City in the summer but he is yet to make his debut. The 20-year-old sustained an ankle injury in pre-season but is close to a return to action.
Fellow Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels has been ruled out for the season after suffering a dislocated right patella in the defeat to Manchester City in August, having only just returned from a four-month stint on the sidelines with an injury to his left knee.
Kelly can also operate as a centre-half but has his sights set on the left-back spot at Bournemouth. Adam Smith, Diego Rico and Nathan Ake have filled the role in recent weeks.
“I just feel like that’s the spot I need to nail down and play as many games as I can in that position, so I’m just looking forward to making that my position,” he told the Bournemouth Echo on his hopes of establishing himself as the club’s first-choice left-back.
“Charlie has been here a long time and he’s done so well throughout his career. I just feel bad for him that this long-term injury has happened to him because he’s just come back from one in pre-season, so it’s just something that I need to nail down really.”
The defender says his recovery is “ahead of schedule” and he hopes to make a return to action in the next few weeks, but this weekend’s home game against Everton will come too soon for the England Under-21 international.
Smith may be in line to play at left-back against Everton but is rated as a doubt after picking up a hamstring problem in the defeat to Leicester last time out.
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