Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that both Harry Arter and Joshua King are doubtful for the game against Newcastle United.
At his press conference on Friday morning he said that the pair, who were forced off during Tuesday’s win over Southampton, would still travel but were big doubts.
However, on the plus side for the visitors, Eddie Howe is really pleased to have big money signing Max Gradel available at last, the midfielder having been missing since August after arriving from Saint Etienne.
Eddie Howe thinks that if ‘Newcastle get their game right’ it will be tough for Bournemouth – sadly Newcastle getting things right has been all too rare this season.
The Bournemouth boss says that regardless of other issues, this is one game they are looking forward to.
As are the Bournemouth fans, despite only having a home capacity of ten thousand, there will be 3,100 travelling to St James Park.
Bournemouth are doing everything they can to help their survival push and have used money from their Premier League Away Fans fund to reduce ticket prices from £30 to £18 for adults and only £1 for kids instead of £15.
They have also subsidised coach travel, knocking the price down to £25 rather than £41.
All of this a far cry from Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, insisting fans need a £35 membership before they are allowed to buy a single away ticket and then adding a £1 admin charge on for each ticket.
“It has been great to see Max Gradel back and playing for us, what an infectious character and great guy he is.
“If Newcastle get their game right, then it will be a tough test. But vice versa, we can be very difficult to beat.
“We certainly don’t underestimate the size of the task ahead, but it’s also one that we can look forward to.
“We need to take care of our own business. There’s going to a red-hot atmosphere on Saturday. It’s another big game.
“I hope everyone has been lifted by Tuesday night (beating Southampton 2-0). I think it puts an extra spring in everyone’s steps.”