It looked like Glasgow Rangers would be without defender and summer singing Leon Balogun for their Europa League tie against Willem II tomorrow night, as he was not in the original squad for the fixture.
However, an update seems to suggest that he might have recovered from his injury struggles and could feature in the game in the Netherlands.
The official UEFA website states that the Nigeria centre-back has replaced striker Kemar Roofe in the squad for the game in Tilburg. Roofe is struggling with injury and it looks like this game has come too soon for him.
Meanwhile, Balogun picked up a minor injury back in August after the ‘Gers played St. Johnstone and returned too early by the looks of it as, in mid-September he pulled up in the warm-up against Dundee United and had to be replaced in the starting line-up. He was on the bench for their 2-2 draw against Hibernian at the weekend but did not feature at Easter Road.
Balogun has played three games in the Premiership since he arrived on a free transfer in the summer and he has picked up a respectable average rating of 7.47 from SofaScore. His statistics show he has been solid as he has averaged two interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 2.3 clearances per game.
In the three matches that he played, the ‘Gers have won every time and also kept clean sheets in all three, so he seems to have a positive initial impact on Steven Gerrard’s defence.
Therefore, this U-turn by the manager to add Balogun to the squad for tomorrow should be seen as a huge boost by the Ibrox faithful as Gerrard might be able to select a strong centre-back pairing of Connor Goldson and Balogun.
He and his team-mates need a big performance in this tie as it will be a huge anti-climax if they cannot advance to the group stages at least, as they managed to make it all the way to the last 16 in the competition in 2019/20.
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