AFC Bournemouth vs Cardiff City - Lerma not fit for Bournemouth bow



Posted Friday, August 10, 2018 by PA

AFC Bournemouth vs Cardiff City - Lerma not fit for Bournemouth bow

Record signing Jefferson Lerma is not ready to make his Bournemouth debut in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Cardiff.

Boss Eddie Howe expects the Colombia midfielder to need some time to work towards match fitness.

Junior Stanislas could be sidelined for a month with a knee injury, Kyle Taylor is out with a muscle problem and new recruit Diego Rico is suspended.

Cardiff are without deadline day loan signing Harry Arter on their return to the Premier League.

Arter is unable to play against parent club Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, but Aron Gunnarsson is fit after missing the final pre-season game with a slight knee concern.

Josh Murphy should make his debut after joining from Norwich, while fellow summer signings Alex Smithies, Greg Cunningham, Victor Camarasa and Bobby Reid are expected to start on the bench.

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