Sun shines for Zemura

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Sun shines for Zemura Jordan Zemura


Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
BOURNEMOUTH coach, Scott Parker, has given an update on the injury of Zimbabwe international defender Jordan Zemura, saying he is ‘progressing really well’.
The 21-year-old had been on the sidelines for over a month now, after suffering an ankle injury in their English Championship encounter against Reading on October 30.

After the injury, there were fears that Zemura, who missed Zimbabwe’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia last month, might fail to recover in time for the Afcon finals in Cameroon next month.

Zimbabwe are in Group B alongside Malawi, Guinea and Senegal and they begin the campaign with a date against the Teranga Lions.

And giving an update on his injury list this week, Parker said the players, including Zemura, are now back in training.

The development comes as a boost for the Warriors, who have already lost another influential player Marshall Munetsi due to injury, and Khama Billiat who has retired from international football.

There have been efforts, however, to convince Billiat to change his mind and quit the Warriors after the continental showdown.

Cherries boss, however, said Zemura is a doubt for their next match against Blackburn Rovers this Saturday.

The team has had a long list of injuries, but did welcome back Adam Smith, Gary Cahill, Ben Pearson and Robbie Brady to their squad for the trip to Craven Cottage, where they played to a 1-1 draw against log leaders Fulham last Friday.

“They are back on the training field; they are doing work. They’re progressing really well,” said Parker.

Zemura was influential in Bournemouth’s quest to gain promotion back into the English top division before an ankle issue that has seen him out of action in recent weeks.

Cherries were unbeaten until Zemura got injured and went on to surrender the top spot to Fulham.

Parker admitted the injured individuals played a key role during the opening months of the campaign and is desperate to have them back to fitness.

“We need them back. That’s just it. We’re stretched at the moment and we’re going through a little bit of a windy point.

“I’m immensely proud because we’re picking up points and we’re doing very well, but we need them back.”

Parker said the players, including those that featured last Friday, need about two weeks to get back to full-strength.

This means chances of having Zemura available for the Cameroon showdown are high.

“They need time and they need some work now, coming back up to speed.

“I’m hoping we can do th

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