Bournemouth are set to be without left-back Rhoys Wiggins for the visit of Tranmere to Dean Court.

Wiggins sustained a calf injury in last weekend's 3-3 draw at Peterborough.

Stephen Purches deputised for Wiggins during Tuesday's loss to Bristol Rovers, and he will battle it out with Warren Cummings for a place in Lee Bradbury's starting line-up.

Michael Symes will once again be subject to a late fitness test on his adductor injury.

The Cherries' medical team are also monitoring the fitness of back-up goalkeeper Jon Stewart, who is suffering from a lower back problem.

Stewart failed to make the bench in midweek, and if his condition has not improved, Bournemouth may turn to rookie stopper Dan Thomas, who is currently on loan at Dorchester. His deal contains a 24-hour recall clause.

Tranmere boss Les Parry is boosted by the return of influential defender Ian Goodison.

The Jamaica international has missed the last two matches through suspension but will return to the side at Dean Court.

However, Rovers skipper John Welsh begins a two-match ban after picking up his 10th booking of the season in the 4-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Midfielder Andy Robinson has missed the last two matches with a groin injury and Parry will assess the former Swansea man's fitness carefully.

Mark McChrystal will also be checked as he bids to shake off a hamstring strain but Tim Cathalina remains sidelined.

Highly-rated striker Dale Jennings, 18, was substituted after 38 minutes at Hillsborough on Tuesday and may be taken out of the starting line-up.

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