Bournemouth’s double injury boost before Southampton

Southampton vs Bournemouth

Round 6 of the Premier League kicks off on Friday night, as Southampton take on Bournemouth.

The two south coast sides sit side by side in the table.

Bournemouth are 9th and Southampton are 10th: both sides have 7 points from 5 games, and a minus 1 goal difference.

Bournemouth double injury boost: Simon Francis & Lloyd Kelly

Ahead of the Southampton game, Eddie Howe has given a short update on Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly.

Both Kelly (ankle) and Francis (ACL knee) played more than an hour, respectively, on Tuesday night for Bournemouth’s U21s.

Bournemouth thrashed Basingstoke Town 8-0, while Kelly was on the scoresheet.

Speaking on Thursday to the press, Howe commented:

We’re pretty much in the same place, added by the returns of Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly in the week. The squad is getting stronger.

The expectation is that Francis and Kelly won’t start against Southampton, but they could feature on the bench.

 

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How good was it to see @lloydkelly_ out there last night too 🙌🙌 #afcb 🍒

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Nine months later, the skipper is 🔙 on the pitch. It was great to see you out there Franno 🔥🔥 #afcb 🍒

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Bournemouth’s other injury updates

Where’s Junior Stanislas?

The midfielder was expected to be back in action after the international break, however he’s yet to feature for the Cherries.

Bournemouth are also without Arnaut Danjuma, David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels.

Eddie Howe: Quotes before Southampton

Also see: Southampton vs Bournemouth betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions.

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