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Bournemouth Vs Darlington, Sat 17 Apr 2010

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Bournemouth captain Jason Pearce will again ignore an ongoing toe injury to line-up against Darlington.

The 22-year-old centre-back, who broke his toe during training at the end of February, was visibly in pain during the final acts of Tuesday`s match with Hereford but will again shrug it off to play.

Manager Eddie Howe is unlikely to risk Shaun Cooper who continues his struggle with an Achilles problem, though, while Ryan Garry is a "major doubt" with a hip flexor injury.

The Cherries will be desperate for a win over bottom-club Darlington as they look to secure one of League Two`s automatic promotion spots.

And Howe has urged fans to turn out in force for their clash with the Quakers.

"It would be fantastic to see the ground full on Saturday and that is what the lads deserve after all of their efforts this season," he said.

Darlington defender Andrew Milne could face a late fitness test ahead of the game.

Milne was withdrawn from the shock midweek win at leaders Rochdale due to a back injury sustained after replacing Paul Arnison towards the end of the first half.

Arnison was forced off with a pulled hamstring, so Milne could be recalled to the starting line-up if he proves his fitness.

Striker Mor Diop is pushing for a return after manager Simon Davey opted for a five-man midfield with Tadgh Purcell up front as a lone striker at Rochdale, but Nathan Mulligan, who fired the winner, is expected to continue in midfield. He was forced off late on at Spotland due to cramp.

Despite Darlington's fine win on Tuesday night, relegation to the Blue Square Premier League was confirmed due to results elsewhere.

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