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Balogun breaks hand, undergoes surgery

Nigeria powerful defender Leon Balogun  has returned to the treatment room days after helping the Super Eagles beat South American giants Argentina 4-2  in Krasnodar in Russia on November 14.


His German Bundesliga club Mainz 05 confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday that  the 29-year-old suffered a fracture to his left hand  on Friday and had undergone surgery.


The former Werder Bremen player, who made his international debut in  the 0-0 draw in a  friendly game against Mexico in March 2014, missed Mainz’s league clash against Cologne at Opel Arena on Saturday. Mainz won 1-0.

Balogun on October 20 underwent  an operation on his  broken cheek bone  after he was injured  in his team’s  2-0 defeat  by  Schalke 04 in their  Bundesliga clash at Veltins-Arena in  Gelsenkirchen.


The development  forced the former Darmstadt 98 star  to wear a mask while playing for the O-Fives and the  Eagles.


The  German-born player’s  partnership with  Turkey-based William Troost-Ekong  in the heart of Nigeria’s defence played a key role in getting Nigeria through to the Russia  2018 World Cup.


Mainz wrote on their Twitter handle on Sunday, “@LeonBalogun suffered a fracture to his left hand on Friday and has undergone surgery. Luckily, he will be able to carry on playing.


“Get well soon, Leon!”


According to reports in the German media, Balogun could return to the field in coming weeks to help Mainz, who are 12th in the Bundesliga table, move up the ladder before the Christmas break.





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