Howe hoping to see duo return

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful that the attacking duo of Callum Wilson and Max Gradel can recover from long-term injuries to feature for the club again this season.

Max Gradel, who joined the Cherries from Saint-Etienne ahead of their Premier League debut, has made four appearances before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Leicester City in August.

Wilson had a great start to the season, scoring five goals in six games before suffering the same injury against Stoke City.

The coach spoke to the media at the pre-match news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Arsenal.

"I wouldn't expect Max back any time soon, not within the next couple of weeks anyway, maybe in March," he said

"I think both will be back before the end of the season. From our perspective, they are like new signings if we can get them back to fitness and good form.

"I'm excited by the possibilities should they return this season." 

Bournemouth lie 15th in the Premier League standings on 28 points, seven clear of the relegation zone.

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