Warriors striker Tino Kadewere returned to training on Thursday – but he is not expected to return to Real Mallorca’s Spanish La Liga campaign anytime soon – as he continues his recovery from a long-term injury.
Kadewere suffered a serious injury to the quadriceps of his right leg on the eve of a highly anticipated Spanish La Liga debut against reigning champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu last month.
The 26-year-old forward had a few days earlier made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean to sign for a Spanish topflight league side after completing his season-long loan transfer from Lyon to Mallorca on August 29.
Initial reports had suggested that Kadewere would require surgery after his injury setback.
However, Mallorca revealed that an operation would not be necessary, although he still faced a lengthy absence.
It was initially reported that Kadewere would only begin training in December but his recovery appears ahead of schedule.
Mallorca posted a picture of the Zimbabwe international working out alone at their Ciutat Esportiva Antonio Asensio training complex.
𝑭𝒂𝒎𝒃𝒂 𝑻𝒊𝒏𝒐 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ujiyhME3KE
— Real Mallorca (@RCD_Mallorca) October 13, 2022
Kadewere last month completed the loan move to Spanish La Liga side Real Mallorca on loan from French side Lyon, where he had fallen out of favour due to injuries and inconsistent form
Real Mallorca have an option to buy for around US$10 million when his loan deal lapses but after his latest injury setback it’s unlikely they will take up the opportunity.
Kadewere joined Lyon from Le Havre for a reported fee of US$14 million.
After a blistering start to life in Lyon in his debut season, the Zimbabwean found the going tough last season where he increasingly became an unused substitute.
Before signing for Mallorca, he was reportedly being tracked by another Spanish side Valladolid as well as French clubs Brest, Nantes and Strasbourg.