Glasgow Rangers of Scotland defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun might be suffering from the immediate effects of his new, improved contract with The Gers, as he apparently overstretched himself in training and ended up copping another injury.
Megasportsarena.com reports that this is the cynical conclusion of Rangers’ coach, Steven Gerrard, who disclosed that Balogun had to be dropped from the squad for last weekend’s win away to Hibernian due to a multiple knock copped by the Super Eagles’ stopper.
Gerrard hinted further that Balogun, who has been known to be injury-prone since his days at Fortuna Dusseldorf and on his debut for Nigeria in 2014, will now be out for a couple of weeks after hurting himself during training with his teammates on Saturday.
The gaffer added that the mulatto centre back, who has also played for Darmstadt, Werder Bremen, Hannover and SV Mainz of Germany, had to be rested for the Ibrox club’s 2-1 win against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.
The latest injury came just two days after Balogun extended his contract with The Gers until June 2022, which Gerrard admitted was due reward for how the defender helped the club win their 55th top-flight title in his first season at Ibrox Stadium.
However, Gerrard is now bracing for being with the 32-year-old Balogun, who has recorded 28 appearances in all competitions for Rangers and a total of 2,047 minutes, as the gaffer told the club’s television channel: “I think he must have got too much of a pay rise because it seems to be weighing him down.
“He got injured in training unfortunately. We will scan him over the next couple of days. It sounds like he has a calf/Achilles injury that we will need to check out. Unfortunately, he could be missing for a few weeks, which is disappointing because he has been very consistent for us.”