Scott Parker hopes to bring back Jefferson Lerma to face Blackburn

SCOTT Parker will be hopeful that he can call on Jefferson Lerma again when the Cherries host the Blackburn Rovers in form on Saturday (3pm).

The midfielder has been suspended for Friday night’s trip to Fulham after being sent off in the previous game against Coventry City.

Lerma was hit with a standard one-game malpractice suspension, after tripping forward Matt Godden looking to break through on goal.

The Colombia international had already served a six-match suspension earlier this campaign, after being convicted of biting Josh Windass in a league clash in Sheffield on Wednesday last season.

However, despite having served his one-game ban against Fulham, there remains doubt as to whether Lerma will definitely be available to return against Blackburn after being charged with an FA charge last week.

After some protests, the Colombian left the field against Coventry with Cherries leading 2-0.

The Sky Blues came back with a vengeance to draw 2-2, scoring two late goals.

An FA statement read: “Jefferson Lerma has been charged with breaking FA E3 rule. It is alleged that the language and / or behavior of the midfielder after his dismissal in the 68th minute of the championship game AFC Bournemouth’s EFL v Coventry City FC on Saturday (11/27/21) was inappropriate. ”

When asked if there had been an update on Lerma’s situation and if he expected him to be banned again, Parker told the Daily Echo: “I don’t think so. I’m not 100% sure. I don’t think so.

“I need him, like we need Lloyd Kelly, we need Junior Stanislas.”

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