Brentford v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Sunday 30th December 2012 3:26

Uwe Rosler could revert to a more attacking approach for Tuesday’s League One encounter.

The Bees boss brought in defensive midfielder Rob Kiernan for Harry Forrester as his side drew 0-0 at Shrewsbury at the weekend to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 games.

But Forrester – who has scored eight goals this season – is expected to return as Rosler’s men welcome a Bournemouth side who are on a five-match winning run in all competitions.

Rosler has Tom Adeyemi available once again after he missed Saturday’s game through suspension following his dismissal against Colchester.

Goalkeeper Simon Moore could be back in the squad after missing the club’s last three games due to a knock but midfielder Kevin O’Connor (ankle), striker Farid El Alagui (knee) remain sidelined.

Bournemouth have no fresh injury worries as they look to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games.

Having not tasted defeat since Eddie Howe returned from Burnley back in October the Cherries have moved into the play-off spots and within four points of their New Year’s Day opponents.

Assistant manager Jason Tindall told their official website: “That will be an incredibly difficult game, but we have to go there with confidence, be well prepared and we will work as hard again to keep the run going.”

Experienced midfielder Richard Hughes has now made two appearances as a substitute since recovering from a hamstring problem and he could get the nod should Howe decide to freshen things up.

Long-term absentees Shaun MacDonald, Darryl Flahavan and Stephen Purches remain sidelined while Charlie Sheringham, who has been out for a year, as been receiving treatment at the FA’s headquarters at St George’s Park.

Miles Addison should return to training within the next two to three weeks.

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Brentford v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 10:42

Brentford defender Karleigh Osbourne is set to return to the squad for the home clash.

The central defender has not played since limping off in the loss to Stevenage back in October with a foot injury, but completed 90 minutes as captain for the Bees’ reserves on Tuesday against Brighton.

Midfielder Harry Forrester has made only one start all season due to a hamstring injury but he also played the full 90 minutes against Brighton and could come back into contention.

However, fellow midfielder Jake Reeves is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury in training which meant he was unable to feature for the reserves.

Sam Saunders missed training on Wednesday due to illness but should be fit, while club captain Kevin O’Connor will be out until the new year with a foot injury.

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury will be without on-loan winger Scott Malone when his side make the trip to Brentford.

Malone has suffered a grade one hamstring tear and is expected to be out of action until the new year, at which point his temporary stay from Wolves comes to a conclusion.

Midfielder Harry Arter misses out after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Huddersfield on December 3, and the former Woking man serves the second match of a two-game ban, while Shaun McDonald is battling a groin problem.

Striker Steve Fletcher is close to a return following a tight hamstring which kept him out of clash with Sheffield United last weekend and he could feature for the Cherries.

Charlie Sheringham made his first start up front in the 2-0 loss to the Blades and will be hoping to keep his place but Shaun Cooper is a doubt after coming off seven minutes into the same game with a knock.

Meanwhile, midfielder Joe Partington remains sidelined with a back problem.

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Brentford v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Monday 7th November 2011 5:07

Brentford have problems in defence for the southern section quarter-final with the Cherries.

Recent loan signing Dale Bennett has had to go back to Watford after suffering a knee injury in training which is likely to require an operation.

Bennett was brought in as defensive cover with centre-halves Karleigh Osborne and Leon Legge on the sidelines.

Osborne is still out with a foot injury, and although Legge is back in training following a torn hamstring he is a couple of weeks away from returning to action.

Striker Gary Alexander found himself helping out in defence towards the end of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder Harry Forrester looks set to miss out again with a hamstring problem.

Bournemouth will be without the cup-tied Wesley Thomas for trip.

The forward played for Crawley in the first round of the competition against Southend and is therefore ineligible for manager Lee Bradbury, who may call on either Michael Symes or Charlie Sheringham to fill in up front.

New signing Simon Francis, who arrived from Charlton on an initial loan deal on Friday, is available and could make his Cherries debut, but midfielder Steven Gregory is out for at least two weeks with a groin problem.

Midfielder Mark Molesley is available for selection after a hamstring injury, but Shaun MacDonald remains sidelined with the toe injury which has kept him out of action for more than seven weeks.

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Brentford v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Monday 1st November 2010 4:16

Brentford manager Andy Scott may have to make a couple of enforced changes to his starting line-up for the visit of Bournemouth.

Right-back Michael Spillane came off during Saturday’s 4-2 win over Exeter with what Scott described as “a dead backside”.

Former Coventry defender Stephen Wright, who joined the Bees as a free agent last week, made his debut as Spillane’s replacement and could now be in line to start.

Scott also took off striker Gary Alexander and defender Leon Legge, who were tiring on top of their 120-minute Carling Cup exertions against Birmingham in the week.

Fit-again loanee Robbie Simpson (hamstring) and previously out-of-favour centre-half David McCracken came on in their places and may have also earned starting spots.

Striker Carl Cort (Achilles) is still on the sidelines.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could be without the services of striker Ryan Garry for a second successive game but will have youngster Harry Arter fit and available to start against Brentford if selected.

Garry missed the Cherries’ first home loss in 16 matches, a 2-1 loss against Colchester, with a knee injury and is unlikely to return in time to face the Bees.

Howe must decide whether to continue with Shaun Cooper or whether to recall Lee Bradbury to the side.

Arter is fit again after returning to first team action as a 78th-minute substitute against Colchester following a hernia operation and could go into the starting line-up.

Bournemouth will be hoping to return to winning ways following a run of only one win in five attempts which has left them trailing league leaders Brighton by nine points.

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