Smith set to see a specialist

Scott Parker revealed Adam Smith is set to see a specialist on a problem with his knee and that Lewis Cook is getting closer to a first team return ahead of the weekend game against Huddersfield.

Vitality stadium | By Andy Jones

Adam Smith will remain sidelined as he is set to see a specialist for a problem on his knee according to Cherries boss, Scott Parker.

The full-back has missed the last two matches against Bristol and Stoke and will be out for at least another couple of weeks as he is treated for the issue on his knee and reassesed by the club.

"Adam Smith's seeing a specialist, he is probably going to be a couple of weeks in terms of where he is at," Parker said.

"It may be a little longer, but probably in the next couple of weeks we will try and settle a slight issue he has on his knee and see how he comes along when we start ramping up his work a little - that's a little bit of a disappointment." 

While Parker will be without Smith for the foreseeable future, there is more positive news on the return of Lewis Cook. The midfielder is returning from an ACL injury he sustained in March and played his first 90 minutes for the development side on Wednesday.

Parker added: "Lewis Cook played 90 minutes in the week which is very pleasing and came through that so he is definitely on the right track and is progressing really well.

'"There is a game coming up next week, so there is an option there to really give him the confidence, and for myself to see him get those match minutes under his belt.

"It's alright training, I realise that, but certainly game time is crucial. He is probably another game away from trying to force his way inot this team really."

Parker also confirmed that the team are "at full strength" other than the absence of Smith and Cook ahead of the visit of Huddersfield, with the Cherries aiming to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign to 14 games - which will equal the club record.


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