Afcon 2019: Brighton boss eyes international game time for injury prone Balogun


Brighton & Hove Albion Manager, Chris Hughton has stated that he hopes defender Leon Balogun plays for Nigeria in the international break.


Balogun, 30, recently returned to fitness after suffering a shoulder injury in training at early February.


A metatarsal fracture kept Balogun out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and he was not considered for the 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania and Egypt after suffering injuries.

He was not available for selection against Togo and South Africa in June 2017 due to a thigh complaint and suddenly fell ill just before a pre-World Cup friendly vs Serbia.

As the Nigerians are preparing for their AFCON qualifier against Seychelles and a friendly against Egypt, Hughton wants his centre-half to get game time.

He has dealing with injury issues and finding his best form.

But Hughton hopes Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr will utilise Balogun in the upcoming games, per The Argusa.

Balogun has made eight league appearances for the Seagulls in the 2018/19 English Premier League.

He is expected to start for the Super Eagles against Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Friday.


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