Football - Winger Ritchie a pick for Cherries

Bournemouth will hand Matt Ritchie another start as they look to make it back-to-back victories when they welcome Birmingham to the south coast.

PA Sport Report

Ritchie was substituted in the 2-1 win over Reading last Saturday having netted the game's winning goal and the Cherries confirmed he was withdrawn because of tiredness so the former Swindon winger looks set to continue in the starting XI against the Blues.

The likes of Nico Yennaris, Ian Harte, Josh McQuoid and Wes Thomas all featured in a 1-0 friendly win at QPR in midweek and will hope to have put themselves in Howe's plans.

Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop will not be involved in the squad once more as he continues to recover from glandular fever, which has left him unable to train for the last six weeks.

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