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Balogun Doubtful For Super Eagles Vs Croatia Clash

Balogun Doubtful For Super Eagles Vs Croatia Clash

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Kaliningrad:
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun is a major doubt for the side’s Saturday night Group D clash against Croatia due to an injury, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Balogun, CSN scooped from a camp source, failed to train with his teammates in their last session on Thursday morning at their Essentuki base before their departure to Kaliningrad for the game against the Croats.


CSN further gathered that the centre-back, who recently joined Premier League club Brighton, will undergo a scan to determine the severity of the injury as well as his availability for the game.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr will likely draft in Kenneth Omeruo as replacement for the former FSV Mainz defender in case he is ruled out of the game.

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Balogun has struggled to stay fit recently and missed the latter part of the Bundesliga season with Mainz due to injury.

Winger Moses Simon has already been ruled out of the competition due to a hip injury.

The encounter against Croatia is billed for the Kaliningrad Stadium.

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  • Michael 3 years ago

    yawa don gas

  • Michael 3 years ago

    yawa don gas. i expected a light training

  • Innocent 3 years ago

    Pls rohr u are nt ready for d world cup.now dat d only dependable central defenda u rely on is injured wat ar u going to do.because we height player in dat position bcos of area ball.pls instead of keneth omeruwa we rather go for john ogu to fil dat vacancy if we try to use keneth in dat position den d crotial team wil load us more dan 4 zero.

  • Omeruo is capable. Soarsupereagles

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    There you go folks. The only tall guy in the back is now absent. The tall Croatians will convert Conner and free kicks as the Russians just did to Saudi Arabia. Please Rohr, play Kelechi instead of Senior Ighalo as the main Stricker. l beg you o.

  • Diuto Nwachukwu 3 years ago

    He’s so prone to injuries these days… I guess age is contributing to this! Looking. Forward to see him in our next game…

  • Mr vick 3 years ago

    Get well soon bro, the team will miss if u don’t make it against croatia and i think everything is pointing that we should play the 3-5-2 formation to protect our goal/ defence and suffocate the midfield.The defenders should be omeruo, ekong and ogu with etebo, ndidi and mikel orchestrating proceding from the midfield, moses and ebuehi playing as our wingbacks iwobi and ighalo up top, this setup should give us a result against croatia and the likes.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

  • It’s not a surprise, I would have been surprised if he had play 2 matches without being injured. This should teach genart robe a big lesson because he was using that guy during friendlies throughout, knowing fully well that balogun cannot play two matches and be fit to play the third one. I think that omeruo will do the job. Quick recovery balogun

  • It is not confirm yet but this is one of my fear with him, he is too prone to injury like Celestine Babayaro. You can imagine he could only play 15 bundelisga match in the just concluded season

  • wishing the team well. I am just not comfortable with omerou … this is omeruo chance to seize the moment.

  • oakfield 3 years ago

    Let’s nt lose hope guys, this could b a tactical approach by genort rohr, u can’t expose ur cards 2ur enemy otherwise they’ll take u 4lunch. Won’t be surprisd to see him in d line up on saturday. Go Eagles, soar!!

  • This guy is too fragile for my liken, cant stay healthy for 2mths. Can sombody tell me the where abt of this guy that pair omerua during 2014 n keshi era? Beat me why i dnt see that guy in the team, i forgot is name.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    I wish you a speedy recovery Balogun. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • He will definitely start the match come Saturday

  • He will definitely start the match come Saturday cos the injury sustained is not too serious. The coach knows best.up eagles! !!

  • Don classical 3 years ago

    Players are prone to injury but we just pray not that serious because he will undergo scan ,which will tell how is faring omeruo is a good replacement for him.eagles formation should be 3-5-2 to choke the midfield.because the midfield we give us victory

  • emmanuel mbawuan 3 years ago

    we only have to pray for him to get well soon,omeruo is a very good defender,even if balogun miss the game,we wont lack much,get well soon bro

  • Omeruo plus ekong is like super glue and Aradite
    Plus ogu my brother even Athletico Madrid will find it difficult to break such defense

    Up super eagles.
    I so much believe in this team

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Balogun to me has not played well since we qualified for the world cup. His best games was during the qualifiers.
    Looking at the friendlies we played recently he has not put in a good shift and if you notice when Omeruo comes in his place the defence gets solid and impregnable.
    What I’m saying in essence is Omeruo has faired better than slow Balogun lately.The pair of Omeruo and Ekong would form better partnership going forward. I’m surprised you guys don’t take notice of developments.
    However,Gernot Rohr is slow to change his trusted men and I hope this doesn’t hunt him in the long run.

  • ND Onu 3 years ago

    Get well soon Balogun. Omeruo will do just fine. He is young and yet experienced having played in the last World Cup. Omeruo exposure to Ariel balls at Midflesborough will also come handy. 3-5-2, Omeruo, Ekong Ogu; in defence. Etebo, Ndidi and Mikel in midfield, and Ebuehi/Moses in wing back positions will do the trick.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    This plastic guy again, anyway no shaking

  • autical 3 years ago

    I don’t have any problem with who is replacing who
    Roussia’s 3 goals came from substitutes
    We can make it

  • Well, I am not surprised, Balogun has been injury prone lately. Anyway, Omeruo can be dependable on his day he is as solid hlas a rock, my problem is he can’t carry the ball out from the defence.