Davis back in contention for Cardiff clash

AFC Bournemouth boss Scott Parker confirmed that Leif Davis has returned to training following a hamstring issue that has seen the left-back miss the last two games.  

The Leeds loanee did not feature in the wins over Barnsley or Queen’s Park Rangers but is now available for selection for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.

Speaking to the media ahead the game, the head coach said: “Leif Davis trained today, he wasn’t available for the weekend due to a problem he felt in his hamstring but that seems to have cleared up.

“So he trained today fully with the team and has seemed to have come through that.”

The Cherries will still be without Junior Stanislas and Lewis Cook who are sidelined for longer with neither being rushed back into the fold – especially Cook who is returning from a serious ACL injury – an injury Parker has previously said the club need to “respect”.

“Junior and Lewis are where they are, still and not in contention; they’re just on their way back,” Parker explained.

“Junior’s progressing well and so is Lewis to be fair. 

“Lewis is still on the trajectory where we see him.”

The team also come into the weekend’s fixture in South Wales with no other fresh injury concerns after a gruelling battle against QPR on Tuesday night. 

The mid-week clash against their promotion rivals went right down to the wire as the Dorset club held onto their 2-1 lead, and Parker revealed the winning momentum is helping keep the players fresh after such a physical performance.

“Not anything of note really, a few tired bodies but generally the squad is in a really good place in that sense, so looking forward to the weekend.

He added: [It’s] always easier when you are winning games – six points out of six this week so far –  it always makes the body feel a lot better.”  

Sitting third in the table and one of only two teams in the division still unbeaten Parker and his young Cherries side will be looking to keep the momentum going when they visit The Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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