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Cherries: Howe's dilemma over Barnard
Barnard, who signed from Southampton on the eve of the start of the season, did not travel with the rest of the squad for the trip to north Lincolnshire.
Barnard, who is not eligible to play in the FA Cup for Cherries, has netted four goals in 15 league appearances since arriving at Goldsands Stadium in August.
His current loan agreement is due to end following Cherries’ trip to Brentford on New Year’s Day, leaving Barnard available for their next five games.
Pitman’s signing – initially on loan from Bristol City but with a view to a permanent move in January – coupled with Frank Demouge’s return to fitness has bolstered significantly Cherries’ striking options.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “We have real competition for places in the striking department but Lee is still very much part of our squad. The difficulty we have is that he is a loan player and we have contracted players. That is the dilemma and it is a really difficult one.
“I can only speak very highly of Lee’s attitude and commitment to the cause since he has been here and we will re-assess his position in January.
“It is a really tough call, especially when Lee has worked as hard as he has when he has played. He has been unfortunate because we have very good strikers and they are all champing at the bit to play.
“It shows that nobody can drop their standards because we have got someone like Lee waiting to come in and take their place.”
Barnard, who was an unused substitute during Cherries’ 2-2 draw at Bury last month, was replaced by Tubbs on his last start against Stevenage three weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Cherries skipper Miles Addison is today expected to discover the full extent of an ankle injury when he sees a specialist.
Addison sustained damage to the tendon around his right ankle when he was caught accidentally by Jayden Stockley during a training session last week.
The 24-year-old defender has missed just three games this season but is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks and looks certain to sit out the hectic festive period.
Addison, who has been fitted with an air-cast boot to protect his ankle, was driven by a friend from his home in Derby to watch Cherries’ 2-1 win at Scunthorpe.