Eddie Howe has reiterated that Premier League veteran Jermain Defoe still has a future at Bournemouth.

The 36-year-old striker has been involved in just 14 minutes of Premier League action this term, but Howe has been keen to assure Defoe of his role in the squad.

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Speaking ahead of Bournemouth’s Carabao cup clash with Norwich on Tuesday, Howe stated to the Mirror:

‘’I have had conversations with Jermain (Defoe) and he will get an opportunity because it is a long season and I have no doubt about his qualities. 

“He scored some really vital goals for us last season and I am sure he will do so again.”

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The former England international has netted over 160 Premier League goals in his career whilst playing for a number of clubs, including Tottenham and Sunderland.

However, the striker has been limited to substitute appearances since his arrival in June 2017, making just five appearances this season – with fellow forward Callum Wilson getting the nod ahead of the Premier League marksman.

Wilson is the Cherries top goalscorer with six goals, as Defoe looks to reclaim a place in Howe’s side. Despite restricted action, the latter could be given a chance in Tuesday’s cup tie with Norwich – in a competition used for squad rotation by Howe.

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Defoe featured in both of Bournemouth’s respective second and third round wins over MK Dons and Blackburn – that featured a  combined 19 changes by Howe over the games.

With his side sitting sixth in the league, Defoe’s goalscoring prowess could still be called upon for high flying Bournemouth.