Cherries: Howe to make use of full squad
Cherries boss Eddie Howe says he will draw on his squad's full resources during the hectic festive period. Howe's options are expected to be boosted by the return of Shaun Cooper, Michael Symes, Harry Arter and Shwan Jalal. Loan striker Nicholas Bignall, teenage frontman Danny Ings and utility man Joe Partington are also available to Howe having been ineligible for FA Cup duty at Notts County. Howe has named a 23-man squad for Cherries' Boxing Day showdown with Plymouth Argyle, which includes every fit member of the playing staff. And with the Dean Court clash against the Pilgrims the first of four League One encounters in nine days, Howe knows all his players will need to be at the ready. We're looking a bit healthier at the moment, said Howe. But we may have to rotate the team at times because we can't expect some of our players to play two games in three days. There could be a good chance for everyone to play. We've got a lot of games coming up and I wouldn't want to push anybody into playing one game and then missing four or five. There will be very little time for training over the next few days and it will be a case of keeping everybody fit and fresh. Ryan Garry (shin) remains Cherries' only short-term injury victim, while Steve Lovell, Mark Molesley and Dan Thomas are continuing to make good progress from their respective long-term ailments. Howe, meanwhile, has a 24-hour recall on defender Mitchell Nelson who is currently on loan to Conference outfit Eastbourne Borough. Nelson faces a punishing festive schedule with Boro meeting Conference leaders AFC Wimbledon and second-placed Crawley Town, both home and away. ¢ Cherries' League One clash at Rochdale has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 18. The match fell foul of the weather on December 18, with the Spotland pitch frozen by the cold snap.
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