'Mixed fortunes' for Cherries players on international duty

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As with all Premier League bosses, Andoni Iraola will be taking a deep breath that his players return unscathed, after some mixed fortunes on international duty.

Already 'missing in action' is winger Luis Sinisterra, who injured a hamstring while with Colombia and is facing a month on the sidelines.

Having played in Hungary’s first friendly against Turkey, defender Milos Kerkez was not risked in their second game against Kosovo because of a calf problem - but coach Marco Rossi said Kerkez would have played if it had been a competitive match.

Winger Dango Ouattara - preferred to Kerkez at left-back for the Cherries’ most recent game against Luton Town - featured for Burkina Faso against Niger on Tuesday, while forward Antoine Semenyo had a busy time, playing every minute of Ghana’s friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda and the Black Stars losing three players to red cards across the two matches.

Speaking of red cards, Chris Mepham’s sending-off in the dying minutes of extra time for Wales against Poland thankfully does not trigger a domestic suspension, given Bournemouth’s relatively meagre defensive selection options of late.

However, there will be no European Championship for Mepham, or Kieffer Moore (on loan at Ipswich Town) and David Brooks (on loan at Southampton) after the Welsh lost their play-off final on penalties.

There was better news for defender Illia Zabarnyi, who helped Ukraine win their play-off, and he will join Scotland’s Ryan Christie as a guaranteed Cherries representative at the Euros.

However, perhaps the two biggest success stories of the international break were two of last summer’s big signings - as Alex Scott made his England Under-21 debut against Azerbaijan, and provided an assist on his first start against Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Tyler Adams returned to the USA side in style, capping a man-of-the-match display against Mexico with a terrific goal from long range.

Finally, back at Bournemouth, this week’s release of the annual accounts shows - if it were needed at all - the stark difference in income between the Premier League and the Championship.

Those holding the purse strings will be more than relieved that Iraola’s side have all but assured their place in next season’s top flight much earlier than usual.