Nottingham Forest will face a Bournemouth side replenished by four returning stars for Saturday’s crucial Premier League basement battle.
Marcus Tavernier, Adam Smith, Ryan Fredericks and David Brooks are all set to be available for the Cherries when Forest come to town.
Bournemouth have been seriously struggling since Gary O’Neil’s appointment as manager, not winning a single game since upgrading his role from caretaker.
They have only won two of their past 13 in all competitions and one of their past 10 in the league.
Four crucial players coming back from suspension or injury should provide O’Neil and his men with some much needed confidence before facing the Reds who are in-form.
Bournemouth defender Smith missed last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United. He’s due back after serving a one match ban.
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Tavernier last featured for the Cherries on 12 November where he grabbed a first half goal and assist, but looks set to finally be fit again after recovering from a thigh injury.
The midfielder is Bournemouth’s top assister this season, and so his return will be a significant boost to O’Neil whose side hasn’t actually scored a goal in the Premier League since it restarted after the World Cup.
Fredericks returning will be significant for the Cherries as their right hand side has been poor, especially when Smith was suspended against Brentford.
Brooks has not actually featured for Bournemouth this season and his long awaited return is likely after stepping up training.
These returns may feel like some new recruits as O’Neil’s side are yet to make any signings in the January transfer window and saw relegation rivals Wolves, Southampton and Nottingham Forest all win on Saturday.