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Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Balogun to wear mask against Algeria

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SV Mainz 05 of Germany defender, Leon Adeyemi Balogun is likely to wear a protective face mask in action for the Super Eagles against Algeria and Argentina after another cheekbone injury on duty for his German Bundesliga club.
Balogun suffered the injury at Schalke 04 and was operated on immediately, and initially looked like missing the Eagles forthcoming matches, but he insisted he will be back in action for the national team.
However, to prove he is fully fit, the 29-year-old central defender was an unused sub as Mainz held hosts Borussia Monchengladbach to a 1-1 draw Saturday in continuation of the Bundesliga.
Balogun has been outstanding for Nigeria in their last three matches after injury ruled him out of an ill-fated AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa in June, which the Eagles lost 2-0 to end Gernot Rohr’s unbeaten run since taking over the technical reins of the three-time African champions.

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