Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe has confirmed new signing Jefferson Lerma is making progress on his fitness. The Colombia international is now close to making his full debut for the club just weeks after signing a five-year deal.
Bournemouth paid £25million for his services from Levante but he was allowed to return late after playing at the World Cup in Russia.
The 23-year-old missed last Saturday’s opening day win over Cardiff but Howe admits he is nearly ready to feature.
“He’s coming along well, he’s had a good week’s training,” said Howe.
“He had done very minimal training before he got here. Last week was very important [for him]. You can see that he has gotten better every day in terms of his endurance levels, so he’s getting closer [to making his Bournemouth debut].
“At the moment he is quite quiet because I think there are a couple of issues there with the language, and of course getting to know your team-mates and that feeling of being totally confident and comfortable around the players, which takes a little bit of time.
“We’ll wait and see [when he is ready to play]. It’s very difficult to say at the moment. We’ve got games coming up and so he will have plenty of opportunities to show how he is looking.”