Cherries: Howe hoping for Symes return

24 September 2010 07:00
BOSS Eddie Howe is hoping to have Michael Symes available tomorrow but will avoid rushing the frontman back into action before he is ready.[LNB] The centre forward has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since the 3-3 draw with Notts County last month.[LNB] Howe confirmed the summer signing from Accrington Stanley was nearing a return but Cherries are likely to tread carefully with the 26-year-old's comeback bid.[LNB] Symesy is making good progress and he's in contention for tomorrow, said Howe.[LNB] But we don't want to push him and lose him because, if he aggravates his shoulder again, we'll be looking at about a two-month spell out.[LNB] Howe added: Symesy is a very good player and we were delighted with how he was playing.[LNB] We had just got him fit, because he had a problem in pre-season as well, so to lose him and Brett at the same time, two of our main strikers, was a massive blow.[LNB] Josh has come in and done really well but, at the moment, we're down to one fully-fit striker.[LNB] Discussing Cherries' long-term injury victims Mark Molesley and Steve Lovell, Howe said: Moles is making really good progress.[LNB] We're going to take our time with him but he's moving in the right direction. He's running again on grass and he's kicking a ball, so we're delighted with how he's getting on.[LNB] Steve Lovell is making good progress from his problem. He's had a few complications.[LNB] But I think he's going up to Scotland for some treatment which will speed his recovery. He's not running but he's not far away, so we're hopeful we've got him going.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo