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http://www.espn.com/soccer/nigeria/story/3525511/nigerias-balogun-a-major-doubt-for-croatia-clash
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Leon Balogun failed to train with the rest of the Nigeria squad on Thursday morning, and is now a major doubt for Saturday's World Cup opener against Croatia.

The Brighton and Hove Albion defender was conspicuously missing from the team's last session in Essentuki, and team sources told KweséESPN he had gone for a scan.

The results of the scan were still being awaited as the team left Essentuki for Kaliningrad on Thursday afternoon.

In the event that Balogun is unable to start on Saturday, Kenneth Omeruo will be the most likely candidate to step in as replacement, although coach Gernot Rohr has toyed with both a back three and a back four in pre-tournament friendlies.

Injury denied Balogun a spot in Nigeria's 2014 World Cup squad after the defender broke his foot on his international debut against Mexico in March of that year.

He returned to the Super Eagles fold a year later and has struck up a strong understanding with William Troost-Ekong during Rohr's tenure.

The 29-year-old featured for Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz before joining Brighton on a free transfer following the conclusion of the Bundesliga campaign.

Nigeria play their opening game against Croatia at 21:00 local time on Saturday.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Uzoho, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Idowu; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iwobi, Moses, Ighalo

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:08 pm 
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Enugu II wrote:
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Nigeria's Balogun a major doubt for Croatia clash
http://www.espn.com/soccer/nigeria/story/3525511/nigerias-balogun-a-major-doubt-for-croatia-clash
Colin Udoh, KweséESPN


Leon Balogun failed to train with the rest of the Nigeria squad on Thursday morning, and is now a major doubt for Saturday's World Cup opener against Croatia.

The Brighton and Hove Albion defender was conspicuously missing from the team's last session in Essentuki, and team sources told KweséESPN he had gone for a scan.

The results of the scan were still being awaited as the team left Essentuki for Kaliningrad on Thursday afternoon.

In the event that Balogun is unable to start on Saturday, Kenneth Omeruo will be the most likely candidate to step in as replacement, although coach Gernot Rohr has toyed with both a back three and a back four in pre-tournament friendlies.

Injury denied Balogun a spot in Nigeria's 2014 World Cup squad after the defender broke his foot on his international debut against Mexico in March of that year.

He returned to the Super Eagles fold a year later and has struck up a strong understanding with William Troost-Ekong during Rohr's tenure.

The 29-year-old featured for Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz before joining Brighton on a free transfer following the conclusion of the Bundesliga campaign.

Nigeria play their opening game against Croatia at 21:00 local time on Saturday.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Uzoho, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Idowu; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iwobi, Moses, Ighalo

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:09 pm 
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Damn. Nah wah oh. I hope he is ok.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:26 pm 
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Omeruo is not good on the left side of CD, compared to the right side of CD. When Yobo pushed him to the left from right CD in 2014 his performance dropped. I am not sure if Awaziem favors his left foot.


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So no more 3-5-2?


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I blame all these happenings on that stoofid boy, Kongi :tic: He should have been on a "shaking" 30 fasting. But noooooo. See wetin dey hapun now

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Enugu II wrote:
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Nigeria's Balogun a major doubt for Croatia clash
http://www.espn.com/soccer/nigeria/story/3525511/nigerias-balogun-a-major-doubt-for-croatia-clash
Colin Udoh, KweséESPN


Leon Balogun failed to train with the rest of the Nigeria squad on Thursday morning, and is now a major doubt for Saturday's World Cup opener against Croatia.

The Brighton and Hove Albion defender was conspicuously missing from the team's last session in Essentuki, and team sources told KweséESPN he had gone for a scan.

The results of the scan were still being awaited as the team left Essentuki for Kaliningrad on Thursday afternoon.

In the event that Balogun is unable to start on Saturday, Kenneth Omeruo will be the most likely candidate to step in as replacement, although coach Gernot Rohr has toyed with both a back three and a back four in pre-tournament friendlies.

Injury denied Balogun a spot in Nigeria's 2014 World Cup squad after the defender broke his foot on his international debut against Mexico in March of that year.

He returned to the Super Eagles fold a year later and has struck up a strong understanding with William Troost-Ekong during Rohr's tenure.

The 29-year-old featured for Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz before joining Brighton on a free transfer following the conclusion of the Bundesliga campaign.

Nigeria play their opening game against Croatia at 21:00 local time on Saturday.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Uzoho, Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Idowu; Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo; Iwobi, Moses, Ighalo


Scan? For what type of injury? They don't even have to be specific? Foot? Ankle? Toe? Leg? Groin?

Hope it doesn't keep him out too long. We will need all our defenders.

Speaking of which, is Awaziem still carrying a knock?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:59 pm 
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with this poor injury record - Balogun will struggle in English prem


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:06 pm 
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If he is injured Rhor better call up Eze ASAP.

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Ye gbele ohhh :shock: :scared: :scared: :boo: :boo:

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Ye gbele ohhh :shock: :scared: :scared: :boo: :boo:

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If he is injured Rhor better call up Eze ASAP.


Or Aina


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I blame all these happenings on that stoofid boy, Kongi :tic: He should have been on a "shaking" 30 fasting. But noooooo. See wetin dey hapun now

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Make you no let brother Emir see this-o, hmm!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:51 pm 
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KOC should stop giving our opponents injury reports so close to our match!

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Balogun is injury prone and on the pitch he can be gingerly even when fit. Not sure how he will manage in the tough and physical EPL.


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Source: Owngoal


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nzeogwu wrote:
Source: Owngoal


Owngoal is not the only source. Allnigeriasoccer, another outfit with a reporter at the scene is similarly reporting it.

http://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=28151

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Obong wrote:
nzeogwu wrote:
Source: Owngoal


Owngoal is not the only source. Allnigeriasoccer, another outfit with a reporter at the scene is similarly reporting it.

http://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=28151

Without prejudice to the veracity (or otherwise) of the story, ANS is even WORSE than OG...

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Surprised AYO is not here campaigning for Nwakali to be called up as a "playmaking" CD... :lol:

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Gotti wrote:
Obong wrote:
nzeogwu wrote:
Source: Owngoal


Owngoal is not the only source. Allnigeriasoccer, another outfit with a reporter at the scene is similarly reporting it.

http://www.allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=28151

Without prejudice to the veracity (or otherwise) of the story, ANS is even WORSE than OG...
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Gotti wrote:
Surprised AYO is not here campaigning for Nwakali to be called up as a "playmaking" CD... :lol:


He will soon bombard Rohr with the news.

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