Date: 19th March 2019 at 6:04am
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AFC Bournemouth will spend the international break in Dubai at the “state-of-the-art” Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

This is the third time AFC Bournemouth have travelled out to use the facility, with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe seemingly a big fan of the facilities and getting his squad away for some training in the heat, ahead of the end of season run in.

However, with eight players away on international duty and so many others on the treatment table, based on the weekend’s squad, only five outfield players who were available against Newcastle United will be making the trip.

The numbers are boosted when Matt Butcher and Jack Simpson are added from the development squad, but Steve Cook, Adam Smith, Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook are all out injured, with Surman, Francis and Lewis Cook all expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

Ryan Fraser also makes the trip but will be leaving early to join up with Scotland.

Mystery man Emerson Hyndman also makes the trip, the central midfielder has not been involved with the AFC Bournemouth first team this season despite depleted options with Surman, Gosling, Lewis Cook all injured and Harry Arter on loan with Cardiff City.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk

“We’ll be going away again to train in a different environment over the international period,”

“It’s something we’ve done historically and it has always given the players a bit of a lift.

“Our training ground here is a beautiful place, but a change to the environment and surroundings for where our players and staff are can be a good thing.”

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redharry wrote…

Both David Brooks and Ryan Fraser would be better off recuperating in the sun and getting fit rather than on international duty. Our injury list just keeps getting worse. Andrew Surman out for rest of the season probably according to Eddie Howe. – Join the conversation, click here.

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