Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes Joe Partington and Shaun Cooper can recover from minor injuries to feature in the Boxing Day clash with Plymouth.

Defender Partington suffered a small knock in training, though he is expected to bounce back, while it is also hoped midfielder Cooper can overcome a groin strain.

The Cherries have been boosted by the news that on-loan striker Nicholas Bignall has agreed to stay another month at Dean Court and will be available to start.

Shwan Jalal is making a swift recovery from a fractured eye socket and has returned to first-team training but the game against the Pilgrims is expected to come too early for the goalkeeper.

Defender Ryan Garry is set to miss the entire festive period as a shin injury will keep him out for around four weeks.

Plymouth will be without Conor Clifford.

The Pilgrims thought they had tied up an extra month's loan for the 19-year-old but he has now returned to parent club Chelsea after the Football League refused to accept his registration due to Argyle's financial woes.

His absence will open up a gap in the midfield with Carl Fletcher and Jim Paterson vying for a starting place.

Fletcher and Paterson have shaken off their leg and hamstring injuries respectively to leave manager Peter Reid with a selection dilemma.

Fellow midfielder Craig Noone will be in contention after overcoming a groin problem he suffered last week while defender Onismor Bhasera is expected to shake off illness to start.

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