Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall confirmed talented teenager Ajani Burchall was granted permission to return to his homeland and would be back “just after the new year”.
Asked about the availability of the 16-year-old for the Brentford match, Tindall said: “He went back to Bermuda – that’s where he is from. He has got family there and it was a family trip that was planned some time ago.
The Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil headed back to Bermuda for Christmas, having spoken with the Bournemouth boss about his upcoming schedule.
Burchall became the third-youngest player to represent Bournemouth when he came off the bench against Huddersfield this month – making him the youngest Bermudan to play in the Football League.
AFC Bournemouth went down in their final match in 2020 to Brentford, Bournemouth took the lead and were a constant threat on their first trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, but were caught by two headers in losing 2-1 in their last match of 2020.
Tindell said, “He did speak to me in terms of what the schedule would look like for him. I advised that he went back and spent that time with his family.
“When he comes back he will be in and around it again.
“He will be back just after the new year. He isn’t going to be available for the Stoke game either.”