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Super Eagles dependable defender, Leon Balogun
has successfully undergone surgery after
suffering a fracture to his left hand on Friday.
The Nigerian international star did not suit up for
his clubside, FSV Mainz 05 in their 1-0 win over
Cologne on Saturday afternoon.
The German club confirmed the situation on their
twitter handle: “Leon Balogun suffered a middle
hand fracture on his left hand on Friday, which
was treated surgically,” it said.
“However, with appropriate healing and a track,
the centre-back can return to the pitch in the
coming weeks and be available for the last group
matches.”
The latest injury is coming after Balogun suffered
a fractured cheekbone before Nigeria’s recent
matches against Algeria and Argentina and had
to wear a protective mask on his face.
The central defender went the distance against
the North Africans and was on the pitch for an
hour against the two-time world champions.
Speaking on the defender’s condition, the NFF
official, who pleaded anonymity, said the
federation was in touch with the player, who has
assured that he is receiving adequate treatment
from his club’s doctors.
“We understand that he will be ready to play
when we start our next round of tune-up games
early next year, but we will keep monitoring him
and other players.
“Balogun has become a reliable defender in our
team and the technical committee, as well as
the federation, are constantly monitoring him and
others to ensure that we have our best players
available when we need them.
Another Super Eagles stalwart who is also down
with injury is Chelsea star, Victor Moses.
“Just recently, Victor Moses, who has been out
of our recent matches due to injury, has started
training and we hope he will return to the
Chelsea squad for next weekend’s Liverpool
cracker.”
The Chelsea wing-back Sunday hailed his English
Premier League teammates over the 4-0 away
victory at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday.
The victory came from Eden Hazard (brace),
Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso.
You would recall that Victor Moses emerged
winner of the 2017 Nigeria Sports Award
Footballer of the Year. He is also shortlisted for
the 2017 BBC and CAF African Footballer of the
Year award.

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