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Bournemouth midfielder Cook delighted with comeback game: Some big tackles!

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is edging closer to a first team return.

Cook made a big step in his road to recovery by featuring for an hour for Cherries in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Queens Park Rangers yesterday.

He told the Daily Echo: "It felt good. Obviously it's been a long road. I'm just buzzing to be back on the pitch with the shirt on just enjoying it.

“I feel like I could've played the rest of the game but obviously we've got to take precautions, take things slowly and just go from there.

“I'm just happy to be on the pitch and just playing football again. It's positive today and I really enjoyed it."

The former England under-21 captain was pleased to come through unscathed.

He said: “I had a big tackle which was good. I need things like that coming back into the games.

“It was a good one. I've had a few big ones (in training) but that was quite a big one today though!

“I was happy with that. Thanks to the guy who did it with me as well. I need people like that to help me.

“But I got a lot of the ball, did some nice things and the lads did well."

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