HWANGE and Warriors midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere has returned to training for the first time since suffering a horrific injury late last year.
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The 29-year-old suffered a double fracture on his right leg shin after a nasty collision with the then Monomotapa goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi, now at Dynamos, in a league match at Rufaro Stadium on September 22.
Chinyengetere has been undergoing rehabilitation at his home in Kadoma. Hwange goalkeeper’s coach Chenjerai Dube told NewsDay Sport yesterday that the midfielder has returned to the Colliery and has started light training.
Dube, a former Warriors goalkeeper, however said Chinyengetere would need at least three months before he can return to full fitness, making him available for the coalminers next season.
“It has been a difficult time for Rody, but he is a strong man. He is on the road to recovery and has started light training,” said Dube.
An initial diagnosis made on the injury last year had indicated that Chinyengetere would be out for just eight months.
“He started training last week, but I think it will take three to four months before he can get involved in a competitive match. He is not registered for this season, but we are 100% sure he will be ready by the time the next season begins,” added Dube.
The former Zimbabwe Saints player suffered the injury at a time he was blossoming for both for Hwange and the Warriors which was under the guidance of the then coach Norman Mapeza.
So good was Chinyengetere last year that he was voted as one of the 11 finalists for the Soccer Star of the Year award despite missing a handful of matches due to the injury.
His club has been paying all medical bills. In addition, Chinyengetere has also been receiving his full salary despite not kicking a ball for the club this season.