Howe rules out Cherries duo

22 February 2019 05:48:16 EST

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has confirmed that both Callum Wilson and David Brooks are still some way away from a return to first-team action.

Striker Wilson has been sidelined by a knee problem since scoring in a 2-0 win at home to West Ham just over a month ago, while midfielder Brooks has not featured since the end of January after suffering an ankle injury.

They're improving quickly, but this game has come too quickly for them.

Eddie Howe

And Howe, whose side have lost their last two Premier League games without scoring a goal, accepts that neither player is ready to feature against Wolves on Saturday.

He told reporters: "They're improving quickly, but this game has come too quickly for them.

"It's very difficult to know exactly when they'll return. We haven't seen them in training yet or on the grass, so still some way away."

Meanwhile, Howe was quick to praise Wolves for the way they Have adapted to life back in the top-flight, with the men from Molineux unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.

He added: "They've made the transition look easy, which we as know it definitely isn’t - it's an incredibly hard process to go through. They have made it look easy.

"They've been consistent and they've got some big results throughout the season that I think lifted their confidence.

"Now they're in a really good moment, they've had a really good run and we know it's going to be a challenging game for us."

Bournemouth are 21/10 to defeat Wolves at Dean Court on Saturday, with a draw available at 12/5, while the visitors are 15/2 to win the game 1-0.

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