The Cherries, at the moment 12th and 6 factors above the relegation zone with 9 matches remaining in 2017-18, welcome Spurs to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday [11 March] seeking to acquire their first win in 4 matches having produced two successive – however very totally different – attracts an emphatic defeat to Huddersfield Town final month, following wins over Chelsea and Stoke City .
Howe’s aspect netted twice within the remaining 10 minutes to say an unlikely residence level in opposition to Newcastle United a fortnight in the past, whereas final week they led for greater than an hour away to Leicester City earlier than conceding an outstanding Riyad Mahrez equaliser within the seventh minute of second-half stoppage-time.
Tottenham, although nonetheless but to be defeated in home competitors in 2018, could also be feeling barely susceptible after their 17-match unbeaten run throughout all competitions got here to an finish in midweek with two objectives in three second-half minutes that swung the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in opposition to Juventus decisively within the experienced Bianconeri’s favour.
Defender Tyrone Mings will stay absent for Bournemouth in opposition to Spurs and sure for the remainder of the season, with the previous Ipswich City defender – who beforehand missed 12 months of motion after tearing anterior and medial ligaments in his knee simply six minutes into his debut in opposition to Leicester in August 2015 – having just lately travelled to Qatar for specialist therapy on a long-term again damage.
Marc Pugh missed that almost all latest assembly with the Foxes attributable to a calf situation and Howe doesn’t anticipate him to be able to face Tottenham both. Fellow widemen Jordon Ibe [hamstring] and Ryan Fraser [back] additionally performed no half at Leicester and are thought-about as uncertain for the weekend pending late health checks.
“We have now a few considerations,” Howe instructed reporters at his pre-match press convention on Friday, per Bournemouth’s official website. “I believe Marc Pugh will miss the sport, however we even have issues with Jordon Ibe and Ryan Fraser.
“We’ll examine them near the sport, perhaps we’ll have a greater thought on if they’re going to make it the day earlier than the sport. They’re doubts earlier than the sport.”
Like Fraser, Jermain Defoe, 35, was left as an unused substitute within the East Midlands after coming back from a two-month layoff that adopted a proper ankle fracture sustained simply earlier than Christmas within the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea.
Nonetheless, it seems that the veteran ex-Tottenham striker may very well be in rivalry for a bigger function in opposition to the membership for whom he netted 143 objectives in 363 appearances throughout three separate spells to nestle behind Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith, Martin Chivers and Cliff Jones as their fifth main scorer of all-time.
“Jermain has appeared good since he is returned from his ankle damage, he made a distinction within the Newcastle recreation and he is definitely in my thoughts for choice,” Howe added.