Bournemouth defender Joe Partington could return to the squad for the home clash with Brentford.

Partington missed the 2-1 win at Swindon New Year's Day with a knock but is expected to give Cherries manager Eddie Howe extra options at the back.

Michael Symes (back and thigh) is hoping to feature after returning from injury as an unused substitute at the County Ground, but Howe also has plenty of other strikers available.

Veteran Steve Fletcher returned to the starting line-up against Swindon, while Danny Ings and fellow forward Lee Bradbury both stepped off the bench in the second half.

Midfielder Shaun Cooper made his first start since the end of November and appears to have recovered from his back problem, while Anton Robinson shook off a virus to play on New Year's Day.

Defender Ryan Garry remains a long-term absentee due to a shin injury.

Brentford will be without Sam Wood after the defender suffered a broken arm in the win against Dagenham.

The 24-year-old crashed into advertising hoardings after 15 minutes of the 2-1 victory.

Boss Andy Scott said: "He will be out for a while. It`s a big blow for us and a blow for him."

Myles Weston came on after a lengthy absence with a hamstring injury to replace Wood but was then taken off himself as he tired in the closing stages. Scott must now decide if he is fit enough to start against the Cherries.

Striker Carl Cort remains sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon and will not travel.

Fellow forward Gary Alexander scored the winner against the Daggers, bringing his tally for the season to seven goals.

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