Leon Balogun to Return to Full Fitness In May

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Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun reiterates his recovery process has been swift and has hinted he will return to full fitness in two week’s time.

The Super Eagles defender, 25, has told the national team’s media officer, Ben Alaiya, his recovery from a fractured metatarsal has been phenomenal because of the support of his Bundensliga B side and those of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

“As I speak to you, I just came back from the gym,” Balogun is quoted as saying in a statement by Alaiya.

Leon Balogun is a Regular Player at His German Division B Side Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Leon Balogun is a Regular Player at His German Division B Side Fortuna Dusseldorf.
“It didn’t just start. I have been going through the routine and should be doing bike next week, but medics have said I should take it a step at a time.

“Hopefully, I should be doing ‘Cross Trainer’ next week, which should prepare me for physical running in two week’s time.

“I have removed all encumbrances on my toe and I now walk freely.”

The statement also quoted the ex-Hannover 96 and Werder Bremen defender is also quoted as saying head coach Stephen Keshi has kept contact with him.

Balogun played 20-minutes of his Eagles debut in a World Cup warm-up against Mexico before sustaining the foot injury, after colliding with a signage on the touchline.

With his recuperation going as planned, he could as well be considered for coach Keshi’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad for the friendly match against Scotland on May 28, which is expected to be made public next week.

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