Defensive duo Warren Cummings and Marvin Bartley are back in contention for Bournemouth's home game against Bury.

Left-back Cummings has served a one-match ban and will go straight back into the starting line-up, while Bartley has completed a three-match ban but is likely to be on the bench.

Boss Eddie Howe is expected to recall veteran striker Steve Fletcher to the starting line-up as the Cherries look to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat to Northampton a fortnight ago.

Midfielder Shaun Cooper had hoped to return from a hip injury this month, but his comeback has been delayed as the cold weather has prevented him from stepping up his training programme.

Fellow midfielder Mark Molesley (foot) is a long-term absentee, while Howe's hopes of adding to his squad were dashed this week when the Football League refused to ease their transfer embargo.

Bury boss Alan Knill will again be without striker Andy Bishop when his side travel to their promotion rivals.

Bishop is still a week away from a return to training as he continues his recovery from an operation to repair both abductor muscles.

Fellow frontman Danny Carlton is expected back in late January to early February as he recovers from a serious Achilles injury.

Defender Ryan Cresswell could also miss out with an ankle problem but midfielder Damien Allen is edging closer to full fitness.

Knill`s players trained with Manchester United`s reserve-team players this week at the Red Devils` Carrington complex, in a bid to conquer the cold weather.

Knill said: "The players enjoyed it and that is one of the key things for us at the moment."

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