By Emma Sanders
Tottenham have been given a boost ahead of their clash against Bournemouth on Saturday as Harry Arter faces a late fitness test for the hosts.
The Bournemouth midfielder is 50-50 to face Tottenham this weekend after picking up an injury against Hull City at the Vitality Stadium last weekend.
Arter left the ground on crutches following the 6-1 victory and could miss his side’s crucial clash against Tottenham.
“We’re going to have to make a very late call on Harry. I’d say he’s 50-50 to make it at this stage – we’ll make a late decision,” Eddie Howe told reporters, according to Bournemouth’s official website.
“We had a few injuries from the international break last week. Brad Smith is still out – he’s got a really nasty whack on his foot so there’s a lot of bone bruising.
“He hasn’t kicked a ball but Max Gradel will be there or thereabouts. Lewis Cook has a nasty looking ankle injury so he’ll be out for a period of time.”
Tottenham will be boosted by the news their opponents have suffered yet more injury woes and Arter, who has started every game for the Cherries this season will be a big loss.
The midfielder has become a crucial member of Howe’s side since joining the club in 2010 and with Smith and Cook also absent from the game, Tottenham will go into it as favourites.
Spurs have remained unbeaten so far in the Premier League this season and will hope to extend that run to nine games with victory over Bournemouth.
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