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Zimbabwe national team defender, Patson Jaure, missed out on the first two weeks of pre-season training for his side, Pretoria University, after suffering from a bout of chickenpox.

A source within the club confirmed that the former Dynamos defender was off sick since the AmaTuks begun their pre-season training about two weeks ago, following his return from his home country, where he starred when the Zimbabwe senior men’s national team beat Malawi 2-1 in an away African Nations Cup qualifier last month.

"He has been ill for more than a week now, but he tells me he is recovering well. I don’t know when he will be back at training," said the source, who is also an AmaTuks first-team player.

"I wish I could go and physically check how he is doing now, but we have been told not to risk that because is a highly contagious disease. For the safety of everyone in the team, Jaure has had to stay in closed doors, but we are all glad that he is recovering."

The Asba Premiership side’s coach, Sammy Troughton, also confirmed earlier this week that the 25-year-old has been out of training due to the illness, which he could have caught while doing duty for his national team.

"It is true that Jaure has been rested for the past nine days with chickenpox, which he is still suffering from," said the coach.

"He has not trained with the rest of the team since we resumed our pre-season training about two weeks ago, but with the recovery, we expect him to join the rest of the team sometime this week. He has gotten much better and we hope that he will complete his recovery within the next few days."

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