If and when Premier League football returns to complete the 2019/20 campaign, the Cherries will be in the mix of a relegation battle.
With nine games remaining AFC Bournemouth are one of six clubs bidding to avoid dropping into the bottom three and lose their status as a top-flight club. Three of those clubs are level on points, the season is far from being concluded…unless the powers that be determine otherwise of course.
Four of AFC Bournemouth’s squad who have been on the long-term injury list would all be fit and ready to ease their way into the first-team squad and play if the season had continued as planned.
With longer recovery time, those players could be in contention for a starting position, once any resumption of the current campaign is given a formal go-ahead.
“The season ended abruptly and I was just starting to integrate back into the team.
“I was in and around training and trying to get up to match speed. It’s put a bit of a dampener on where I was at.
“I can’t train anymore. I can do a bit of running but I need to be getting back up to football levels.
“Kicking a football helps you get up to the standard before starting to play again – and I can’t really do that at the minute.”
Summer signing Lloyd Kelly hasn’t featured since September 2019 when he made his one and only appearance in the Football League cup.
Charlie Daniels, who is also recovering from injury was recently discussing Lloyd Kelly with the Daily Echo and he said…
“He’s been so unlucky.
“He got back and then it was just one of those things in training. I can’t remember how he did it, but hopefully he gets back soon.
Arnaut Danjuma has been in and out of the squad all season due to foot complaints, his last appearance was December 2019 but he believes he would have been playing had the season continued. Danjuma was recently talking to the Freshly Grounded podcast and as quoted by the Daily Echo he said…
“…Because I had a bone injury, it’s really important to still get my Vitamin D, calcium and stuff like that.
“I’ve got all the supplements at home – fish oil, Vitamin B, all the things. I am really aware of my weight.
“You don’t know when the season is starting again but I am just 100 per cent sure that I am prepared for when it starts. If it starts tomorrow, I can go.”
Defender Chris Mepham hasn’t kicked a ball since January 2020 and AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes he was close to contention before the Coronavirus suspended world football.
He also told the Daily Echo…
“Chris was another one who was getting closer before the Premier League was suspended.
“He is one that again will come back into the mix – who could have a big impact on our last nine games.
“I think before his injury was his best run of games in the team.
“He was looking really confident, playing very well. He’s such a talented lad, so young as well.
“It will be a big lift to have him back in and around the squad.”
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