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Bournemouth forward Max Gradel – out since August with a knee injury – resumed training

Bournemouth forward Max Gradel – out since August with a knee injury – resumed training with the Cherries this week, but manager Eddie Howe acknowledged the former Leeds and St Etienne striker still had a way to go before a first-team return.

“He is back and it has been really good to see Max,” said Howe.

“He has been away intermittently and to have a character like him back in the dressing room has been really good because he is infectious.

“In terms of the injury, we should not get ahead of ourselves. He still has a way to go before he is available to play. He has not kicked a ball in training yet so there is still a road for him to overcome before he is available.”