Parker hoping Solanke will be fit for Arsenal clash; Cherries bid rejected for AZ winger

Jason Soutar
Scott Parker acknowledges the Bournemouth fans

Scott Parker has said he will make a late call on Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke ahead of Saturday’s home match against Arsenal.

Solanke scored 29 goals last season as the Cherries won promotion to the top flight but missed last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing at champions Manchester City due to an ankle problem.


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The 24-year-old striker will undergo a fitness test before Arsenal arrive at Vitality Stadium, while Parker could hand a first start to Argentine centre-half Marcos Senesi.

“The team news will probably be similar to last week,” Parker told a press conference on Thursday.

“Dominic Solanke maybe (could be involved), we’ll have to assess him tomorrow and make a call.

“Everyone has come out of last week’s game well.”

Parker remains without summer signings Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell.

He is considering bringing Senesi into his starting XI after handing him a debut from the bench at the Etihad Stadium following his arrival from Feyenoord.

“Marcos came in late last week and I didn’t think it was the right game for him to come into, he’d barely had any training with the group,” said Parker.

“He’s had another week of training and is in a better place to come in at the weekend. We’ll see where we are tomorrow, and I’ll make the call on him.

“He’s in a better position this week in terms of the training he’s done and the work he’s had to do.”

Following the signings of Senesi, Marcus Tavernier, Neto, Fredericks and Rothwell, Bournemouth are still in the market for a new winger, according to reports.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report that the Cherries, alongside La Liga outfit Celta Vigo, have had bids in the region of €15million turned down by AZ Alkmaar for their Swedish winger Jesper Karlsson.

The player is reportedly open to leaving this summer but AZ have no desire to let him go.

The Dutch outfit are currently preparing for their Europa Conference League qualifiers against Portuguese side Gil Vicente.

AZ’s director of football Max Huiberts has recently said Karlsson’s departure is ‘unnegotiable’.

He added: “We have indicated to Jesper that we want to keep a strong selection, that we want to perform.”

Bournemouth will likely look elsewhere if they are in the market for a new winger, or could try their luck after Alkmaar’s second leg against Gil Vicente on August 25.