Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick says he is “absolutely buzzing to be back” after making his long-awaited return from injury.
Elphick played 75 minutes in Bournemouth’s FA Cup victory over Portsmouth after being sidelined since September with an ankle injury.
Bournemouth return to Premier League action on Tuesday night when they take on Crystal Palace, and Elphick hopes it will not be long before he is back in league action for the Cherries as they bid to retain their top-flight status.
“For me personally, I’m absolutely buzzing to be back,” Elphick said. “Ideally I would’ve liked one more game before such a competitive game but it was great, a proper workout against a very good side.
“I felt good fitness wise, my legs were cramping up a little bit which is why I went off. It was the right precaution to come off and I’m happy with what I’ve done.
“I’m fully training now and played in a real competitive game today, another step to getting Premier League ready.”
Bournemouth head to Selhurst Park with four points from their last two matches after they followed a 3-0 win against Norwich with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
And the Cherries will be buoyed by their comeback victory at Portsmouth in which Josh King and Marc Pugh scored in 12 second-half minutes.
The reward for Bournemouth is a home draw against Everton – who they drew 3-3 with at the Vitality Stadium earlier this season – in the fifth round. And following seven successive away draws in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, boss Eddie Howe is delighted his side will be at home.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “My first thoughts are with our supporters because we had been due a home draw. They have travelled the length and breadth of the country to watch us in the cups and their backing at Portsmouth was superb.
“I am delighted we came out of the hat first and this has all the makings of being a great tie.
“The league game was certainly entertaining to say the least and there is a lot at stake with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.”
Meanwhile, Bournemouth confirmed on Monday they had parted company with Alessandro Cannataro and Tomas Andrade. Both players, who had been on loan with the Cherries, have returned to their parent clubs.