AFC Bournemouth striker Josh King could return to the matchday squad for this weekend’s clash with Arsenal.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, King has returned to training with the first-team squad over the international break.

The 26-year-old has missed the Cherries’ last three Premier League matches with an ankle injury sustained in the 0-0 draw with Southampton in October.

Before the injury the Norweigan had started every top-flight match for Eddie Howe this campaign, scoring four goals and providing one assist.

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King’s absence has forced Howe to change his formation, with David Brooks operating just behind newly-capped England striker Callum Wilson in the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United before the international break.

On King’s fitness, Howe said:

He has improved. He trained with the group and we will be excited if he is fit.

The Cherries will be keen to stop a run of back to back defeats against the Gunners on Sunday, who themselves have not won a league match for a month.

Unai Emery’s men were disappointed to have been held to a draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers before the two-week break.

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