Bhasera on the mend


Zimbabwe International defender Onismor Bhasera, who has been on the sidelines since March after undergoing surgery on a cruciate knee ligament, is continuing to make good progress in his recovery.

The Plymouth Argyle left-back is working closely with Pilgrims’ physiotherapist Paul Atkinson on his rehabilitation from torn cruciate knee ligaments.

Bhasera (24) suffered the injury during Argyle’s 2-0 defeat away to Hartlepool United in March and seems on course for a return to action next month.

The Plymouth Argyle manager Peter Reid commented on the club’s official website: “He’s due to see the specialist at the end of the month, but from what I have seen in training he’s looking really good.

“His running looks strong. He’s doing a bit of ball work now and a bit of twisting and turning.

“I think Paul (Atkinson) is being careful with him, but it is a bonus when you see him out there.”

Bhasera has made 39 appearances for Argyle since signing as a free agent in March 2010 and is under contract at Plymouth Argyle until 2013.

In January, Bhasera was linked with a move to English Premier League side Blackpool, but the move fell through after the former Kaizer Chiefs left-back failed a medical at the club due to the troublesome knee.

Blackpool coach Ian Holloway eventually signed Morocco left-back Salaheddine Sbai instead although his club was relegated at the end of the season.

His injury was him miss the Warriors Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers although the national side now has little chance of making it to the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea as they are second in their group behind Mali with one match to go.

The defender started his career with Harare United before moving across the border to join Thembisa Classic in South Africa in 2004.

Within a season his performances had attracted the attentions of Premiership side Maritzburg United where his fledgling career took another positive turn with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, arguably South Africa’s biggest football club.

A move to Portsmouth in 2009 was thwarted by a payment dispute between the English side and Chiefs.

The player argued he was a free agent, but Kaizer Chiefs begged to differ starting off a long transfer dispute which was only ended by the world football governing body, Fifa’s intervention.

Fifa ruled that Bhasera was a free agent enabling the player who had tried his luck at Queens Park Rangers and with Sheffield to finally sign for Argyle in March 2010.