Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun says his recovery from a foot injury he sustained on international duty with Nigeria has been swift, but stressed he has been warned against any hasty return to training.
Balogun’s dream debut for the Super Eagles was cut short by injury when he collided with an advertising board within five minutes of coming on for the injured Efe Ambrose during the friendly encounter against Mexico on March 5th.
Speaking on his rehabilitation on Sunday, the 25-year-old said he will drop the Plaster Of Paris (POP) on the injured foot by the end of this week, adding he does not feel any pain on the broken metatarsal anymore.
“The recovery rate is perfect and by the end of the week I should drop the boot on the toe but I don’t want to make the mistake of many players who immediately rush back to training even when at the moment I feel no pain. I should be able to tell you my next move by the end of the week, but I will be ready when the Eagles are getting back to camp”, he said.
Balogun again praised the NFF leadership headed by Alhaji Aminu Maigari for the concern they have shown towards his recovery and promised to rededicate himself to the Nigerian cause when he recovers fully. “From the NFF, to the coach and all Nigerians, I am very grateful for all the concern they have shown me and I pray that I can repay them when I recover fully”, he declared.