Football - Cherries set to pick Ritchie

Winger Matt Ritchie could be in line for his first appearance of the season when Bournemouth welcome Derby to the south coast.

PA Sport Report

The former Swindon man played an hour in midweek as the Cherries beat Reading 2-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly and manager Eddie Howe now looks likely to involve Ritchie against the Rams.

Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan also made his return from injury in that match but fellow shot-stopper Ryan Allsop remains sidelined with glandular fever with no date currently being set on his return to training.

Leading scorer Lewis Grabban looks set to start having signed a new contract with the club as the Cherries search for their first win since October 5.

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