Bournemouth put through their paces with SAS training during international break

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes some SAS training will help focus his squad for their Premier League battles this season.

The Cherries head into the weekend’s fixtures sixth in the table, with two wins and a draw from their opening four matches.

Howe, though, does not want anyone to rest on their laurels.

He revealed how spending some time learning from SAS experts over the international break could just give his squad the edge when the campaign hots up.

“We like to do things which stretch the players and give them new life skills really,” Howe said at a press conference, broadcast via the club’s official website.

“Without saying too much, yeah, we made use of the SAS and had a go at doing something different.

“The staff joined in and we lost, so that was good.

“It is important that you keep things fresh during the international breaks, they can be a long two weeks if the environment remains the same.

“We took them out into Wareham Forest, there was a lot of laughs, a lot of new relationships building, which I think is really important.

“It was a challenge. Map reading and orienteering is not really something which I have ever done before and it was difficult, but I certainly learnt a lot.”

Howe also knows his team will have to be on their guard to limit the impact of a refreshed Leicester forward Jamie Vardy when the Premier League action resumes on Saturday.

Former England frontman Vardy will be available to lead the Foxes’ front line again at the Vitality Stadium after missing the past three league games through suspension.

With the 31-year-old no longer involved with the national squad following his retirement, Leicester manager Claude Puel warned Vardy is “hungry” ahead of a return to action.

Howe, though, expects a disciplined approach from his side as they look for a response from the defeat at Chelsea before the international break.

“He (Vardy) is a very good player, an outstanding centre-forward who has done really well in recent seasons,” Howe said.

“Whether the break inspires him, from our perspective we obviously want to keep him quiet and try to deal with his main strengths.

“We are still in the very early stages of this season and still have a lot to prove.

“We have achieved nothing yet and know every game is vital.”

Junior Stanislas recently signed a contract extension and Howe revealed the midfielder was closing in on a return from a serious knee injury suffered towards the end of last season.

“Junior did a maximal test during that break and he came first in that, so that was a really good sign, and shows he has done his rehabilitation with the best possible attitude,” Howe said.

“He won’t be available for this game (against Leicester), but is making the right progress.”

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