AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe praises Yann Kermorgant desire

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant was sent off in the first half of Bournemouth's win at Bolton

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised the attitude of striker Yann Kermorgant, as the Frenchman prepares to begin a suspension.

After a two-week international break, Kermorgant will miss the next three games following his red card at Bolton.

But Howe says the 32-year-old has impressed during his enforced lay-off.

"He's done a lot of work over the past two weeks and he will continue to do a lot of work throughout his suspension," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

Kermorgant arrived at Bournemouth in January 2014 and struck nine goals for the Cherries last term. He has two to his name this season, and Howe says the suspension has come at the wrong time for the former Charlton man.

"He is such a big player, he is nearly turning 33, so we need to manage his workload but get him ultra fit because a fit Yann is a fearsome prospect to play against," he said.

"It's come at a bad time for him and the team. The Bolton game was the best we have seen this season, albeit for 38 minutes. He was very good, looked a real threat and as fit as we have seen him."

Howe added: "Yann's work ethic is second to none, he is desperate to be a success here and carry on as he did last season. With that work ethic, it is only a matter of time before he bangs in goals regularly."