Bournemouth v Everton Team News

After eight months out with a cruciate ligament injury, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook says he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook could be in line for his first appearance since December when Everton visit on Sunday.

Cook is now back in training after a serious knee injury and Cherries boss Eddie Howe will make a late decision on whether he can return to action this weekend. Charlie Daniels is out for the season and fellow left-back Lloyd Kelly is also unavailable.

Kelly, a summer buy from Bristol City, picked up an ankle injury in pre-season and has returned to training although Sunday’s game will come too soon for the England Under-21 international.

Simon Francis is also back in training after a knee injury but is also not yet ready for a return to competitive action. David Brooks and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined, while Adam Smith and Chris Mepham are rated as doubts.

Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last season after taking a 2-0 lead and boss Marco Silva is hoping his side can claim all three points this weekend.

“Our last away game against Bournemouth was an entertaining one, even if I didn’t like the end,” he told reporters. “I hope it will be entertaining again, but with a good result and if possible a clean sheet for us.”

The visitors will be without summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin as the midfielder has a thigh injury.

Back-up goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is closing in on a return but Sunday’s game is likely to come too soon for him to make the matchday squad.

Everton go into the game seeking a first away league win of the season after a draw at Crystal Palace and a defeat at Aston Villa.

The Cherries have four points from as many games so far and have picked up one point from two games at home.