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Season not over for Tyrone Mings as he eyes early return

Tyrone Mings says there is still a chance he could play again for Bournemouth this season after completing rehab for a back injury.

The 25-year-old has been plagued by injuries since making the move from Ipswich to the Cherries in the summer of 2015, missing the majority of his first season after suffering a serious knee injury.

After playing a limited part in Bournemouth's 2016-17 campaign, Mings was looking to force his way into Eddie Howe's plans this term before injury struck once more.

The defender managed three appearances before being diagnosed with a back problem, requiring him to fly to Qatar for a period of rehabilitation with a team of specialists.

Howe had previously downplayed the likelihood of Mings playing again this season but the player himself is more upbeat after returning to Bournemouth to step up his recovery.

"Hopefully it won't be too long until I'm back out there," Mings told Bournemouth's official website. "It has been a frustrating period, but I'm hoping to be back before the end of the season.

"I'm keen to play in some Under-21 fixtures in the upcoming period, with the hope of being back in full training with the group in early April.

"I went out to Qatar as part of my rehab programme. I was working with some back specialists to try and get over the problem that I had.

"It was a small stress fracture in my back, so I had to go out there and work with the specialists. They knew exactly how to handle the situation and working alongside the club I now feel I'm in a good place."

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