Birmingham v Bournemouth FA Cup team news

Date published: Friday 8th January 2016 1:09

Simon Francis: Serves suspension for Bournemouth

Simon Francis: Serves suspension for Bournemouth

Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe is expected to change his starting XI for their third round FA Cup game at Birmingham on Saturday.

Defender Simon Francis will be unavailable after his red card appeal for a tackle on Jamie Vardy in their 0-0 draw with Leicester last weekend was rejected.

The Cherries’ captain will serve a one-match suspension and Howe will also be without new signing Juan Iturbe who is still waiting for his work permit to come through.

Gary Rowett has an almost fully fit squad to choose from on Saturday with James Vaughan pushing for a start since rejoining the club until the end of the season.

The only player definitely unavailable is young midfielder Koby Arthur (quad).

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