Scott Parker urging promoted Bournemouth to embrace Premier League challenge

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AFC Bournemouth v Bristol City – Pre Season Friendly – Vitality Stadium
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Scott Parker says Bournemouth indispensable clasp the situation of the Premier League aft confirming summertime signings Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell volition miss Saturday’s opener against Aston Villa.

The Cherries are backmost successful the apical formation pursuing a two-year lack having won promotion past word arsenic Championship runners-up.

Head manager Parker past week warned the south-coast nine are “way abbreviated of wherever we request to be” pursuing a quiescent summertime successful the transportation marketplace and a big of departures.

Yet the erstwhile England midfielder, who is moving hard connected recruitment but does not expect immoderate arrivals successful clip for the weekend, adopted a much upbeat code up of Villa’s sojourn to Vitality Stadium.

“My caput and the team’s caput is solely connected Saturday,” helium told a property conference.

“We’re going into the biggest league successful the satellite and we worked tirelessly past twelvemonth to beryllium successful this position.

“We request to bring a warring tone and a existent determination connected the play if we privation to get thing retired of the game.

“As I said, america arsenic a radical of players, on with the fans, the staff, the proprietor and everyone else, it’s thing we each wanted past twelvemonth and we request to clasp that.”

Parker this week bolstered his ranks with the accomplishment of midfielder Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough, portion helium was further boosted by prima striker Dominic Solanke signing a declaration hold connected Wednesday.

Although those 2 are acceptable to diagnostic against Steven Gerrard’s side, erstwhile West Ham defender Fredericks and ex-Blackburn midfielder Rothwell volition person to hold for debuts owed to calf and quad injuries respectively.

“The latest connected Ryan is that he’s connected the grass,” said Parker.

“He picked up a calf wounded erstwhile we were successful Portugal (training camp) and the play volition beryllium excessively soon for him, unfortunately.

“The aforesaid goes for Joe Rothwell, which is disappointing. They’re 2 players that we’ve brought successful and they’ve some picked up knocks.

“Joe volition astir apt beryllium somewhat longer than Ryan successful presumption of wherever helium is.

“Ryan is moving slowly, progressing successful the close mode and hopefully we tin get him successful and astir the squad implicit the coming weeks.”

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