A Bournemouth outfit in the midst of an alarming dip in form will act as hosts this weekend, when they welcome relegation-battling Leeds United to the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries, on the back of a solid start to the campaign, have fallen off the pace in a major way over the last couple of weeks.
A 2-2 stalemate with Fulham has since been followed by a trio of successive defeats, the latest of which saw Gary O’Neil’s troops surrender a two-goal advantage at home to Tottenham last weekend.
Safe to say, then, that a three-point haul looks long overdue this weekend.
Which members of his first-team setup, though, are set to be at the disposal of boss O’Neil on Saturday? And which others, more importantly, won’t?
Predicted Bournemouth line-up vs Leeds
Long-term absentee Lloyd Kelly is set to remain unavailable for selection against Leeds.
The defender and Cherries captain, sidelined since late September owing to an ankle injury suffered in training, looks unlikely to mark his return to the pitch until after the World Cup.
Another even more long-term absence from the Bournemouth setup, midfielder David Brooks will too not be seen in any sort of competitive action until late December at the earliest.
Since courageously recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma first diagnosed over a year ago, the Welsh international picked up a hamstring issue back in September, which has kept him on the treatment table ever since.
Last up on the list of senior stars set to miss out on a place in the hosts’ matchday squad at the Vitality on Saturday comes shot-stopper Neto.
The summer arrival in Dorset suffered a hamstring injury of his own last week, during the club’s defeat to Bournemouth.
And manager Gary O’Neil has since announced that Neto ‘will not play again before the World Cup’.