Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe doesn’t want his 40th birthday mentioned today.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Burnley (7.45pm), Howe told his players not to wish him happy returns and instead focus on giving the gift of three Premier League points.

Asked if he expected stick from his squad, Howe said: “I’d hope they would be concentrating on the game rather than worrying about my birthday.

“If I do get any comments then I will be reminding them they have a match to concentrate on.

“I’m not looking forward to turning 40 because it means I’m getting closer to 50. It’s the next decade ahead so it’s not a nice thought.

“I haven’t given it too much thought but it has gone through my head that my 30s are over and I’m heading into my 40s, and the next stop is 50s.”

Meanwhile, Bournemouth U21 coach Carl Fletcher says Jordan Lee will be a better player for his tough loan spell with Torquay United

Fletcher told the Daily Echo: “Jordan went to Torquay last season and did well in some real high-pressure games in what turned out to be a survival campaign for them.

“They were really keen to have him back and he was excited about returning this season.

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