''No bad blood between me and Begovic'' claims Eddie Howe
Bournemouth manager has insisted to the media that he has not fallen out with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - amid growing speculation.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper was reportedly a shock omission from the squad in their 1-0 home victory over Tottenham, which saw 19-year-old Mark Travers make his official debut.
Howe, further revealed that Begovic will not be part of the squad that will play in the final game of the season away to Crystal Palace - suggesting he gave the keeper an extra week off.
The Cherries manager denied rumours that Begovic could depart Bournemouth in the summer, but was adamant that he is in good books with the player.
“Some of the things that have come out this week have been totally inaccurate,” Howe told FourFourTwo.
“We decided to play Mark (Travers) and rest Asmir (against Spurs). He’s been given the final week of the season off to spend some extended time with his family.
“But nothing malicious or any stories to read into that, to say that he’s played his last game for Bournemouth. Who knows what the summer brings for him or for us, but there’s been no fall-out and he’s still a top professional.”
When asked if Bournemouth will sign a goalkeeper this summer, Howe said: “Who knows? It’s a difficult one for us to reflect on at the moment.
“We’ll get the game out of the way first then sit down and make our plans.”
Travers became the first teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier League match as the Cherries edged out Spurs at Dean Court last weekend.
Now the 19-year-old could retain his place for Bournemouth’s trip to Selhurst Park, with boss Howe backing the youngster to shine again if called upon.
“We decided to play Mark at the weekend and we were delighted with his performance,” said Howe.
“He’s a very level-headed lad so we haven’t really had to say too much to him this week.”
Bournemouth’s resources will be stretched again for their south London encounter, with David Brooks, Dan Gosling and Dominic Solanke all still sidelined.
Brooks has an ankle issue, Gosling a calf complaint and Solanke a hamstring concern, leaving Bournemouth missing nine frontline stars when including long-term absentees.
“David Brooks will miss out,” said Howe.
“Dan Gosling and Dom Solanke are also missing. Those lads who missed out last week won’t make it for this weekend.”
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