Leon Balogun has expressed delights concerning his faithful debut for the Nigeria national team, despite having to now sit out on the sideline for several weeks due to a foot injury he sustained during the early Thursday morning’s warm-up against Mexico.
Balogun’s dream debut was cut short by injury when he collided with an advertising board within five minutes of coming on for the injured Efe Ambrose in the friendly encounter played in Atlanta, USA.
He was substituted 20 minutes after the restart as both teams finished the thrilling contest scoreless.
Balogun wasquoted on Fortuna Dusseldorf’s official website as saying; “Of course I otherwise thought of my first international appearance otherwise, but I’m still glad and proud that I was allowed to play for the first time for Nigeria.”
Super Eagles medical doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, had diagnosed the player of having broken his left foot metatarsal, but further scans in Germany when the player returns to his club on Friday is expected to further reveal the extent of the damage.
“I must now wait for the (medical) investigation tomorrow and then see what happens,” the 25-year-old defender continued.
“It will however be a good thing that I get quickly back on my feet.”
Nigeria team media officer Ben Alaiya told BBC Sport: “The Super Eagles doctor Ibrahim Gyaran has recommended the player undergoes immediate surgery in Germany.
“His German club and medics have been notified. We are optimistic that a quick surgery and recovery will enable him rejoin the team ahead of preparation for the World Cup in May if invited.”
His head coach at Dusseldorf, Lorenz-Günther Köstner, added: “Leon has reacted very professionally on his injury and has promptly informed me on the phone about the facts of the case.
“We expect Leon back in Düsseldorf on Friday morning, where he will once again be examined and we will get a 100% certainty about the extent of his injury.
“We all hope that Leon will quickly recover and wish him to get well soon.”