Bournemouth and Arsenal face off at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday in the Premier League.
Eddie Howe is expecting some players to be back in contention for a starting place after recent injuries to Asmir Begovic, Joshua King and Junior Stanislas, who are all facing late fitness tests before Arsenal‘s visit.
“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,’’ Howe told his pre-match press conference.
Bournemouth are currently sixth in the Premier League, four points behind Arsenal, after a brilliant start to their season.
Howe, now in his seventh season in charge of the Cherries, is expecting an exciting fixture when the sides meet on Sunday.
“I think on paper this weekend’s game is set up to be a very good game. Arsenal have outstanding attacking players and a good look about their team, it will be a tough game.
“If we are good from one to 11 then we can do well. It will be an interesting game to see which attack comes out on top. It will be a great battle for our defenders as well.”