Euro 2020: Wales handed David Brooks boost ahead of Wales v Slovakia

David Brooks joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in the summer of 2018 for a fee which could rise to £11.5m
David Brooks joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United in the summer of 2018 for a fee which could rise to £11.5m

Wales midfielder David Brooks has been handed a fitness boost ahead of their first Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia on 24 March.

Last week Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said the 21-year-old was "still some way away" from playing.

However Brooks was named on the Cherries bench for Wednesday night's game against Arsenal.

Aston Villa defender James Chester remains a doubt for Ryan Giggs side and is struggling with a knee problem.

Since joining from Sheffield United last summer, Brooks has scored 6 goals in 22 Premier League games for Bournemouth.

Chester has been sidelined since Villa's 2-1 win against Ipswich in the Championship last month, and there is no timescale for his return.

The 30-year-old has been receiving regular injections to reduce swelling on his knee.

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