Jermain Defoe Boost For Bournemouth As Striker Back In Training Ahead Of Newcastle Clash

Jermain Defoe is back in training with the Bournemouth first-team and is in contention for a return to the substitutes’ bench when Eddie Howe’s side take on Newcastle this weekend.

The 35-year-old has been absent with a fractured ankle since suffering the injury in a challenge by Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu during Bournemouth 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat on December 20.

If Defoe does not return against Newcastle, he will play in an Under-23 match to build up his fitness before being involved at Leicester the week after.

Defoe, who signed a three year contract with Bournemouth last summer, scored three goals for the club in the Premier League appearances before his spell on the sidelines.

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