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Striker fitness doubt for Cherries

23rd November 2018, 10:44 by Nick Harris

Joshua King faces a late fitness test ahead of Bournemouth's clash with Arsenal this weekend.

The Norwegian has been struggling with an ankle injury and has not featured since the draw with Southampton but is close to a return and will have a late test.

“Joshua King has improved and trained with the group and we’ll be excited if he is fit,” boss Eddie Howe told the club's website. “We’re a lot better than we were after the Newcastle game, when we had a number of players with knocks."

Meanwhile a hand injury forced Asmir Begovic to withdraw from the Bosnia squad during the international break so he will be checked, while a groin injury could keep Junior Stanislas out for the home side.

Defender Adam Smith will be out for up to three months with a knee injury he picked up against Newcastle.

“Adam’s been excellent over a long period of time,” Howe continued. “He has a great energy and enthusiasm and he’s very popular in the dressing room.

“He’s been very versatile, playing well in a number of positions.

"We will encourage him to come back as quickly as he can, but we are also aware that we want him to come back fully fit and ready to perform."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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