BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
BOURNEMOUTH coach Scott Parker has expressed concern over Warriors fullback Jordan Zemura’s injury which he feels may affect his participation at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) next month.
Zemura was one of Parker’s top performers from the start of the season and had three goals to his credit prior to the ankle injury.
Parker’s side has struggled without Zemura, who is back training with the team, since he got injured in the 2–0 win over Reading on October 30, managing just one win, three draws and three defeats in seven matches.
The 22-year-old fullback is expected to join the Warriors for the Afcon finals which kick off on January 10 in Cameroon after he was named in the provisional 40-man squad.
Parker registered his concern regarding the star player’s fitness .
“It will be a blow, yeah. I am not sure exactly what the exact state of play is on that,” Parker was quoted as saying by English publication Daily Echo.
“Depending on how he does come out of this injury, because he has still got some bits to do, he is still not over the line here.
“But yeah, in January he will be leaving, probably to go to the African Nations,” Parker said.
Zemura missed the final games of the Warriors’ forgettable Qatar World Cup campaign due to injury and gave the Warriors technical department a boost when he returned to training for his championship side last week.
Zimbabwe are in Group B for the Afcon finals and kick off their campaign against Senegal on January 10 before playing Malawi on January 14 before completing the group stage fixtures with Guinea on January 18.
Born in Lambeth, London, Zemura has played four times at senior level for Zimbabwe, having qualified to play for the Warriors through his parents.
The fullback is set to return to Bournemouth ahead of the trip to Middlesbrough tomorrow afternoon.
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