Tranmere boss Les Parry will check on the fitness of goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen ahead of the home clash with Bournemouth.

Nielsen, on a six-month loan from Manchester City, played in the opening-day defeat against Oldham but then sustained a thigh injury during international duty with the Faroe Islands.

He is looking to be passed fit for this weekend but Joe Collister, 18, will hope to retain his place after keeping a clean sheet in last Saturday`s goalless draw at Huddersfield.

Parry, who has no other major concerns, said: "Gunnar is heads and tails for the weekend, so we're a bit unsure about whether he's available.

"But Joe has played 180 minutes and if he doesn't play on Saturday he will be very unfortunate."

Bournemouth could be handed the boost of having star striker Brett Pitman available for the trip.

Pitman hit a hat-trick in the 5-1 hammering of Peterborough last weekend but was expected to join Premier League new boys Blackpool after the clubs agreed a fee in midweek.

However, after flying up to the seaside resort the 22-year-old failed to sign on the dotted line and remains a Cherries player for now at least.

A club statement said: "Brett travelled to the north west to discuss personal terms but failed to agree a deal."

Veteran forward Steve Fletcher continues to be dogged by a heel problem and it remains unclear when he will be able to return.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is also without the services of long-term absentees Mark Molesley (foot) and Steve Lovell (ankle), with the latter expected to return in October.

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