Leon Balogun Close To Fitness But A Doubt For AFCON

Leon Balogun Close To Fitness But A Doubt For AFCON

Glasgow Rangers defender Leon Balogun is closing in on his return from injury but he is a serious doubt for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 43-cap Super Eagles centre half hasn’t been involved with Gers since the 3-1 Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs, meaning he’s still waiting to make his first appearance under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

When speaking ahead of the Boxing Day victory over St. Mirren, van Bronckhorst revealed that the centre-back was in contention to be available.

And on Christmas Eve, the Dutchman said: “Leon will join in the session today, and we will see if he is fit for Sunday, no fresh injury concerns.”

The game at Ibrox would come too soon for Balogun, who wasn’t involved, but the update from van Bronckhorst is good news for the defender ahead of Rangers’ return to action after the winter break next month.

Rangers don’t play again until they travel to Aberdeen on 18 January, and providing Balogun doesn’t suffer any setbacks before then; he will surely be involved at the very least.

It remains to be seen if Balogun will be match fit for the Afcon and risked by the Nigerian national team handlers.
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