Howe happy with Mings' progress

05 December 2017 06:07:59 EST

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has made it clear that Tyrone Mings is close to a first-team return.

The 24-year-old defender has not played since the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in early September because of a back injury.

Mings has struggled with numerous injuries since moving to the Cherries in the summer of 2015 from Ipswich Town for £8million.

He has only started seven Premier League matches during his time with Howe's side and made three further appearances from the substitutes bench.

"Tyrone is getting closer. He is building up his fitness levels. His back, touch wood, seems much improved so he's on the right lines," said Howe.

"It will take him a while to build up his fitness but with the amount of games we have coming up, you don't know what is round the corner. He needs to be ready as quickly as we can get him."

Bournemouth are currently 14th in the Premier League table after drawing 1-1 with Southampton on Sunday and can be backed at 1/5 not to be relegated this season.

They travel to 18th-placed Crystal Palace on Saturday before facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Cherries are 16/5 to beat Palace and 7/2 to keep a clean sheet against Roy Hodgson's side.

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