Hughton Wants Balogun In Action For Nigeria

Hughton Wants Balogun In Action For Nigeria

Brighton boss Chris Hughton hopes defender Leon Balogun sees plenty of action for Nigeria during the international break.

Balogun has linked up with the Super Eagles squad for games against Seychelles on March 22 and Egypt four days later.

However, it remains to be seen if he is handed a start after playing no competitive football for the Seagulls since the FA Cup clash with West Brom on February 6.

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The 30-year-old has made eight Premier League appearances this season, with five starts but his playing time has been hampered by a shoulder injury in 2019.

The German-born stopper has not played a league match this year and is clearly in need of game time, with Hughton urging Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr to let him loose in the next few days.

“The good thing, particularly with the cup run, is the players that haven’t featured so much have at least had games,” he told the club’s official website.

“Leon Balogun, for example, is going away on international duty with Nigeria and we’re hoping he plays both matches.”

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