AFC Bournemouth’s head coach, Eddie Howe, thinks that Bafana Bafana striker, Tokelo Rantie ‘could have a massive part to play’ as the Cherries hunt for Premier League promotion.
Rantie has been out of action for Bournemouth since November when he picked up a shoulder injury, leaving for international duty at the African Cup of Nations shortly after his return to fitness.
Now, with him back in the side and available for selection, Howe says that the club are excited to see him in action in the second half of their season.
Howe told BBC Radio Solent, “He could have a massive part to play in the second part of the season for us, The positive is he's gone and got games, he's returned from his shoulder injury with no ill effects and he's looked very good in training.
“We're excited to see him and he's a real prospect for us if we can get him in the right positions.
'It's been difficult for him, It's been stop-start as he's been away on international duty so he did lose momentum and he had a shoulder injury when he looked electric. That's the nature of football but we back him to have a big impact when needed.”
The Cherries are currently top of the Championship on goal difference, but will need to beat Wigan Athletic this weekend if they are to maintain that spot, a game in which Rantie could make his return to the squad.