Bournemouth v Rochdale preview

Date published: Friday 7th October 2011 10:53

Bournemouth’s new signing Wes Fogden is in contention for a debut.

Attacking midfielder Fogden joined the Cherries on an initial loan from Havant and Waterlooville on Thursday, although the deal may become permanent in January.

Midfielder Harry Arter will return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban, while Wes Thomas is also available after he was cup-tied for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Yeovil in midweek.

Darryl Flahavan is likely to replace Shwan Jalal in goal and there could be places on the bench for Joe Partington and Michael Symes – who both enjoyed cameos against the Glovers on Tuesday after long periods out through injury.

Forward Lyle Taylor was withdrawn during the Yeovil clash with breathing difficulties and, subsequently, cannot train as he is awaiting the results of an echocardiogram scan.

Long-term casualty Nathan Byrne has had surgery to aid his recovery from an ankle injury and is targeting a return in January.

Shaun McDonald is making good progress in his recuperation from a badly bruised toe but is unlikely to feature, while Mark Molesley is still several weeks away from a return after tearing his hamstring. Mitchell Nelson is back from his loan spell at Lincoln.

Rochdale defender Pim Balkestein is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Balkestein was rested for the midweek penalty shootout win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Walsall as manager Steve Eyre made five changes from the side that beat Wycombe last weekend.

Attacking midfielder Ahmad Benali made his debut on Tuesday night in place of striker Ashley Grimes, but the latter is likely to return, while skipper Gary Jones is expected to be recalled after he too was rested against Walsall.

Midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy stepped in for Jones, but is likely to drop to the substitutes’ bench, with boss Eyre to decide on whether to retain Jason Kennedy in midfield or recall Andrew Tutte.

Striker David Ball could be playing his last game for Dale before being recalled by parent club Peterborough and although winger Simon Hackney (abdominal muscle) is back in training, he remains a fortnight away from a return to action.

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Bournemouth v Rochdale preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 1:25

Bournemouth will welcome back striker Michael Symes, midfielder Danny Hollands and full-back Warren Cummings.

Symes has been out for almost two months with an abductor strain, but will be in the squad to take on Dale after resuming full training and his return is timely as the Cherries prepare for their play-off campaign.

Hollands was suspended for the 2-2 draw with Hartlepool last weekend – the result which secured Lee Bradbury’s side’s top-six place.

An ankle injury kept Cummings out of the Pools game, with Rhoys Wiggins returning from a buttock muscle injury to take his place, but now both are available it will be a straight fight between them for the starting spot.

French defender Mathieu Baudry also missed out in the last match with a thigh injury and he is sidelined again, however he would be fit if required for the play-off games.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will hand opportunities to a number of fringe players as his side end their campaign.

Hill has a full-strength squad at his disposal but will shuffle his pack and reward the patience of several players who have spent much of the campaign on the sidelines.

Highly-rated defender Craig Dawson is set to make his final appearance for the club before he heads to West Brom this summer.

Hill has nothing but praise for the centre-back and says he is an example for other young professionals in the game to follow.

He said: “He will go down as one of the best young players in Rochdale’s history and it’s going to be some task to replace him.”

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