Wilson missing for the Cherries
Callum Wilson is unavailable for selection for Bournemouth's trip to Cardiff City on Saturday, manager Eddie Howe confirmed.
England international Wilson was linked with a January move to Chelsea and there were growing concerns over his future after he was left out of the squad for Wednesday's 4-0 home win over the Blues.
However, Howe revealed the striker was missing after he underwent a minor knee operation and the manager has now confirmed the 26-year-old will be missing for the clash in Cardiff.
The English tactician also disclosed midfielder Jefferson Lerma, who also missed the win over Chelsea, will be handed a late fitness test as he continues to recover from an ankle issue.
Howe said at a press conference on Friday morning: "Callum Wilson is definitely out. We'll wait and see how Jefferson is today and make a late call on his fitness."
With Wilson missing, Howe hinted that Dominic Solanke could be handed a start although he admitted the former Liverpool man is short of fitness.
He added: "We obviously had Dominic on the bench on Wednesday, so he is available to play. I wouldn't say he's fully match fit, but we're pleased to have him available for selection."
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