Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that Tyrone Mings is getting closer to full fitness and is hoping to be able to call him up during a busy festive period.
The 24-year-old has struggled with numerous injuries since joining the Cherries in 2015 and has made just three appearances this season, last playing in September against Arsenal.
Bournemouth currently sit 14th in the table and have eight fixtures between now and 1 January, and Howe is hoping to have Mings ready "as quickly as we can get him".
"Tyrone is getting closer. He is building up his fitness levels. His back, touch wood, seems much improved so he's on the right lines," Howe told the Daily Echo.
"It will take him a while to build up his fitness but with the amount of games we have coming up, you don't know what is round the corner. He needs to be ready as quickly as we can get him."
Bournemouth will face Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham and Everton in the Premier League, plus Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-finals across December and New Year's Day.