After joining from Sunderland in the summer, it was expected that Jermain Defoe would be a first-choice striker for Bournemouth.
But the 34-year-old has not started either of the Cherries’ opening two Premier League games.
And, when asked if it had been a tough call to leave out Defoe on Saturday,
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: “Not really. We just think he’s not where he needs to be fitness-wise.
“Jermain needs some more work and he’ll get an opportunity on Tuesday. I think starting a game is always a good indicator.”