Sunday 17 December 2017

Eddie Howe reveals some Bournemouth players injured following international duty

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes his side can continue to improve as they face Hull on Saturday
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes his side can continue to improve as they face Hull on Saturday

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is disappointed he will be without a number of players for their Premier League game against Hull on Saturday.

The Cherries squad was reduced to around "13 to 14 players" for training whilst members of the squad, including Brad Smith, Joshua King, Max Gradel, Lewis Cook and Nathan Ake, linked up with their countries for the international break.

Howe admitted in the pre-match press conference that there were a few players who had come back with injuries but concedes it is part of playing such a high standard of football.

He said: "It's been a difficult few weeks; we have a few people returned from international duty with injuries which is disappointing, but I am not going to name names.

"It is one of the perils of when your players go away. They come back and you are not in control of how they return.

"The players that have stayed are in good form and have trained well.

"We are worried about one being more long-term but the others shouldn't be too long. When players go away in peak physical condition and they don't come back, it is part and parcel of international football.

"When the players go the managers have the right to pick them. These are just injuries picked up in games."

Bournemouth face a Hull side who currently sit 15th in the table but haven't won in the league since their opening two games in August.

The Tigers head coach Mike Phelan was named the full-time boss on Thursday after taking over as caretaker in August when Steve Bruce left the post.

Cherries' boss Howe believes it is important that they have made a decision as it will settle the players and "remove constant questions" over his position.

He said: "Mike has done a great job, a lot has been made of their summer. But it's probably helped them create a siege mentality.

"They've certainly started the season very well. The most impressive thing he has done is change the way they play - they are a very attractive team to watch.

"We know they are going to pose a threat, but as always we need to focus on our own preparation in the build up to the game."

Bournemouth are unbeaten in the league in their last two games after a 1-0 win over Everton and a 2-2 draw with Watford before the international break and Howe believes it is key for their season to keep their good run going.

"We know the importance of this game, every point you gain in the Premier League is huge," he said.

"We feel the pressure in every match to perform and pick up points.

"Ultimately that's what will get you where you want to be at the end of the season.

"Our home form has been good. As a footballer you should look forward to playing at home in front of your own supporters."

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