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Super Eagles debutant out for eight weeks

06 March 2014, 19:30Israel Ojoko

Atlanta - Newly invited Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany right back, Leon Balogun has been ruled out for eight weeks and will undergo surgery in Germany, when he returns to his base after he suffered a fractured foot in the highly explosive international friendly between Nigeria and Mexico on Wednesday.

Balogun made his international debut for Nigeria when he came on to replace Michael Uchebo at the start of the second half.

Super Eagles doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran told Head Coach Stephen Keshi, that it was the best option open to the young defender and the surgery will effectively rule him out for up to 8weeks. That may give him enough time to quickly bounce back and rejoin the national team ahead of preparation for the World Cup in May if invited.

The medics explained that if he does not carry out any surgery, it will take him a longer time to return to action (up to 4months) hence the surgery option. His club medics have already been briefed about the development even as Keshi says his immediate concern for the player is about his health.

Balogun was involved in a horrific fall with a Mexican striker near the dug house of the El Tri midway into the second half of the encounter and hit his legs against objects in the technical area, forcing the Nigerian bench to replace him after few minutes of coming off the bench.

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