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Mainz defender Leon Balogun to miss Egypt clash

Leon Balogun
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun will miss Nigeria’s AFCON 2017 qualifier against Egypt, scheduled later this month in Kaduna, due to injury.

The Mainz 05 defender had received a late call-up from the coach of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia ahead of the upcoming 2017 AFCON qualifiers double-header against Egypt.

Balogun however picked up a muscular injury, which caused him to miss his Bundesliga side’s match against Werder Bremen where they played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Due to injury, the German-born defender will not take part in Friday’s clash in Kaduna, but remains doubtful for the return leg in Alexandria on March 29.

The 27-year-old is an addition to Nigeria’s list of injuries, as Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has been ruled out of Egypt double-header after suffering a groin injury.

Two games have already been played, and Egypt are leading Group G with six points, two points clear of Nigeria who will be looking to close the gap.

Nigeria will host the Pharaohs on March 25 while the return leg will be at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria four days later.

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