AFTER undergoing surgery to repair a damaged ligament on his knee, Dynamos midfield maestro Masimba Mambare is expected to return to training in two weeks’ time and could play Dynamos’ last few matches of the season.
Dynamos doctor Garikai Mushininga yesterday told NewsDay Sport that Mambare was recovering well from the operation, which he described as very successful.
Mambare went under the knife a fortnight ago.
“He had an arthroscopy some two weeks ago at West End Hospital and has started his physiotherapy. It was a successful operation and he is recovering well. He is happy about the progress and should start training in two weeks. We expect him to be fully fit at the end of September.”
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage is performed using an arthroscope, an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
Arthroscopic procedures can be performed to evaluate or treat many orthopaedic conditions including torn cartilage, torn surface (articular) cartilage, ACL reconstruction, and trimming damaged cartilage.
Mambare, who joined Dynamos this season after his contract at Highlanders ended, has not featured for the club in the league this season after aggravating the knee injury against Harare City during the Independence Cup semi-final match in March — a week from the start of the season.
There were reports that Mambare paid for his own operation, a bill of $2 400, after the club showed no interest.
“I’m not sure about that, but we received the money from the club,” said Mushininga. “I’m not the best person to talk about that though, you should talk to the club.”
Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro yesterday said: “The club pays medical bills for its injured players so I don’t know where the reports are coming from. You can confirm that with our club secretary-general (Webster Chikengezha).”
While Chihoro was adamant that they paid for Mambare, the issue of the clubs’ failure to pay for the players medical bills was one of the items on the petition that the players wrote to the club some few weeks ago before a subsequent strike which almost threatened to derail Dynamos’ season.