Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe urges caution ahead of Callum Wilson return

The Cherries have enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier league, and currently sit comfortably in mid-table.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has urged fans to curb their expectation levels for the return of Callum Wilson, as reported by Sky Sports.

The former Coventry City striker, 24, has been out since September with a serious knee injury, and came on as a 90th minute substitute in the Cherries' 2-1 victory against Aston Villa last weekend.

Howe has urged the fans to be patient though:

"It's just great to have him training around us every day. He hasn't had a reserve game yet to he is still some way short of his best. I don't think we'll see that until next season."

Bournemouth all but assured their Premier league survival with their win at Villa Park, and have built up a 14 point gap between them and 18th placed Sunderland.

The Cherries boss went on to talk about his joy at being able to select Wilson for first team duties again, whilst preaching caution regarding his return:

"It was great to be able to write his name on the team sheet. It gave everyone a lift and I'm sure it gave him a lift too. I hope we'll see more of him but I'm not going to say he'll start games and put that pressure on him."

The south coast side have coped well in the absence of Wilson, and have enjoyed a fine run of form of late. Four victories and a draw in their last seven games has seen them extradite themselves from the relegation scrap.

Bournemouth host Liverpool on Sunday, and will be looking to mathematically ensure their survival.

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