Mainz 05’s Leon Balogun injured, undergoes surgery

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The Super Eagles defender copped an injury during preparation for the Fivers' league encounter against Cologne

Leon Balogun has undergone a successful surgery after suffering a fracture to his left hand on Friday, according to Mainz 05.

The Nigeria defender was said to have been wounded in the O-Fives Friday session but has been treated.

“Leon Balogun suffered a fracture to his left hand on Friday and has undergone surgery. Luckily, he will be able to carry on playing,” Mainz tweeted.

“Get well soon, Leon!”

The injury saw him miss out of his team’s 1-0 victory over Cologne on Saturday as a Daniel Brosinski’s 43rd-minute penalty propelled a ten-man Mainz past their visitors at the Opel Arena.

The West Berlin-born defender was last in action for Nigeria’s surprise 4-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday.

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He has had his own fair share of injury struggles in the past, having recently recovered from a cheekbone fracture.

Balogun has chalked up 349 minutes from four German top-flight games for Sandro Schwarz’s side and was an ever-present in the Super Eagles’ squad that clinched a sixth World Cup appearance last month.

Details regarding his return were not disclosed, but the former Fortuna Düsseldorf defender is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s Bundesliga encounter against Freiburg as Mainz will be gunning for their fifth win of the season.