Scott Parker says Bournemouth and Zimbabwe have ‘come to an agreement’ over Jordan Zemura’s pending departure to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
It has been confirmed Zemura will leave for international duty after Bournemouth’s home game with Peterborough on January 3. The news comes as somewhat of a boost for Parker and his squad, as it had been widely assumed that Thursday’s fixture against Cardiff would be the 22-year-old’s final one for at least three weeks.
Should Zimbabwe reach the latter stages of the tournament, it would mean Zemura is absent for three matches, including the trip to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.
“He will leave after the Peterborough game,” said Parker. “He will leave after Monday’s game, which is good for us and I also think is good for Jordan and his national team.
“He’s not played (due to injury) and he’s been out for a little while now, so it gives him competitive football for the next three, four games.
“I think he was meant to have gone earlier but obviously, he came to an agreement with Zimbabwe to let him play in these competitive games and get more football him in him, if he’s selected. And then he will leave after Peterborough.”
Zimbabwe kick off their AFCON campaign against Senegal on January 10, exactly a week after his last Bournemouth’s appearance. They also face Malawi (January 14) and Guinea (January 18) in their final two group games.