AFC Bournemouth return to action after the international break when they host high flyers Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and they could be boosted by the return of a forward for the clash.

Joshua King has been out of the game since the 0-0 draw with Southampton last month, but he could be set to be involved in the clash against the Gunners.

Bournemouth go into the contest on the fringes of the top six in the Premier League table, and a win will move them back into that elite band as we head towards the pivotal Christmas period.

The Cherries have only won one of their last four matches so they needed the international break when it arrived, not just to allow their players who had knocks time to recover, but also to take stock of recent outings and work out how to put things right.

King is set to feature although he is due to be assessed ahead of the contest, with boss Eddie Howe confirming he can’t wait to have the forward back, when he addressed the media ahead of the match.

“Joshua King has improved and trained with the group and we’ll be excited if he is fit,” the Bournemouth official website quotes him as saying.

One man who will not feature in this match is the full-back Adam Smith. He has been ruled out for an indefinite period after the knee injury he sustained in the defeat to Newcastle United last time out.

Other than that, Howe reported a much cleaner bill of health for his squad than he was able to provide going into that match against the Magpies.

“We’re a lot better than we were after the Newcastle game, when we had a number of players with knocks.

“The break has given us the chance to nurse our players and we’ll look at them all and assess their fitness ahead of Sunday.”

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