Glasgow Rangers of Scotland defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun is back in the country where he plies his soccer trade, following a trip to Germany to receive medical attention, megasportsarena.com reports.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that the former Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt and SV Mainz of Germany stopper, who has also played for Brighton and Wigan Athletic of England, took the step in order to return to full fitness quickly.
He knows he is in a race against time in order to be fit and part of Nigeria’s squad to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, heading into which he has not featured for his club since he was substituted in the closing minutes of the 3-1 loss to Hibernian.
That substitution came in the Premier Sports Cup on November 21, following which he has missed two UEFA Europa League fixtures and six consecutive matches in the Scottish Premiership, including Saturday evening’s victory over Dundee United.
He will now hope to be part of Rangers’ next three fixtures – against St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic – before joining Nigeria’s camp for the Nations Cup, but medics at his Glasgow-based club have not specified the nature of his injury and his estimated recovery period.
However, Balogun can take some comfort in the words of The Gers’ coach, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who enthused that the centre back is expected to resume training this week, following his trip to Germany.
Balogun got time to recover from his trip to Germany, as the Rangers’ squad got two days off from training and will resume on Tuesday ahead of their Boxing Day clash against St Mirren, heading into which Van Bronckhorst enthused that the Super Eagles’ star could be available.
The Dutch tactician disclosed: “Leon went to Germany a couple of days. He’s back now. So, hopefully, this week he will start training again.”December 19, 2021 at 04:03PM