Summer signings Lerma and Rico to make Bournemouth debuts



Posted Monday, August 27, 2018 by PA

Summer signings Lerma and Rico to make Bournemouth debuts

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will hand debuts to summer signings Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with MK Dons.

Midfielder Lerma, a £25million club-record signing, has been building his fitness and was an unused substitute against Everton on Saturday, while left-back Rico has completed a three-match ban.

With Howe planning to fully utilise his squad for the tie, England internationals Lewis Cook and Jermain Defoe will hope for action having been restricted to substitute appearances so far.

Forward Junior Stanislas (knee) and midfielder Kyle Taylor (muscle problem) remain out.

MK Dons defender Baily Cargill could feature against his former club at the Vitality Stadium.

Cargill, who left Bournemouth at the end of last season, impressed on his full debut for Dons against Exeter on Saturday after recovering from a knock sustained during the summer.

Mathieu Baudry, another ex-Cherries player, completes a three-match ban following his recent red card against Crewe.

Forward Sam Nombe was an unused substitute at the weekend following injury and could be involved, but Conor McGrandles (facial injury) and Peter Pawlett (ankle) are long-term absentees.

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