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Rangers: Leon Balogun injury fears eased

Rangers: Leon Balogun injury fears eased -Rangers News

Leon Balogun should be available for Rangers’ clash with Hearts this weekend, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell on Twitter.

The lowdown

The 33-year-old was forced off with an injury in the second half of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic on Sunday.

Many Gers supporters were left bemoaning the news, fearing that Steven Gerrard would be down to just two fit centre-backs with Filip Helander also sidelined.

What’s more, according to WhoScored, Balogun has been the sixth-strongest performer in the Rangers ranks so far this season, so he would be a big miss if he were unavailable.

The latest

Campbell wrote in a tweet that Balogun is ‘expected to be fit for Hearts after his injury scare on Sunday’.

It’s a top-of-the-table clash in the Premiership this weekend, with Rangers only a point clear of the Edinburgh outfit after eight games.

The verdict

This is not only a boost for the Hearts clash, but also ahead of what is a must-win Europa League fixture against Brondby given that Rangers lost their first two group games in the tournament.

It’s pretty much inevitable that, when each international break rolls around, there will be an injury-induced panic among many supporters.

Still, it will be interesting to see, with Helander out until December, if Rangers are forced to use Calvin Bassey in the centre of defence more frequently.

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