Callum Wilson returned from a knee injury to play more than an hour for AFC Bournemouth’s under-21s in the week.
Wilson, who had surgery on the serious injury last February, started the Premier League Cup game against Norwich City, which the Cherries won 3-2.
The striker said that he felt sharp during his first taste of action for some time. “It was good,” he said. “I felt confident, strong, fit not out of place really.
“It was good to get minutes, albeit for the under-21s. A game is a game at the stage I’m at and, hopefully, I’ll be back in the first team soon.”
Eight months after suffering the injury in training Wilson reported no ill-effects from his run-out. “It feels fine,” he said. “It (the injury) was not even on my mind. I know it’s strong; I’ve done all my testing and everything says it’s stronger than last time. I didn’t even think about it, I just thought about playing well and focused on the pitch.
“I’ve been training with the squad and I feel sharp and good. I wanted to get a game and I’ve ticked that box and played 65 minutes.
“Now it’s whenever the manager (Eddie Howe) thinks I’m ready for selection.”