Leon Balogun could still feature for Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil following fresh revelations that the defender would not need a surgery on his right foot.
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 tie with Mexico at the Georgia Dome stadium, Atlanta, USA.
Further scans in Germany have revealed that the Fortuna Dusseldorf player will not require a surgery, after the Super Eagles doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, had recommended one for him after diagnosing the broken metatarsal.
“They told me that the two bones broken are in the base of my foot, which will heal on their own and will not require me to undergo any surgical operation,” he was quoted as saying in a Super Eagles press statement.
“I was also told that within six weeks I should be in good condition and another two or four weeks for rehabilitation.
“Overall I should be back kicking the ball by the time the national team returns to camp.”
Eagles’ World Cup preparation starts in May with a friendly billed for Fulham’s Craven Cottage (on May 28th). Balogun has started treatment on the injury and looks forward to re-linking up with the squad ahead of this summer’s showpiece.
“I have been in touch with Dr Ibrahim Gyaran, team administrator, Dayo Enebi and I must say I am totally overwhelmed by the show of love by Nigerians and fans across the world.
“I remain committed to overcome this initial setback and to return quickly for the World Cup preparations.
“I will keep fit while I try to get myself ready for future challenges.”