Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has delivered an injury update on Leon Balogun…
The 41-year-old has revealed that the Nigeria international felt something in his hamstring against Brondby, forcing him to be withdrawn in the second half.
Balogun scored the opening goal on Thursday night with a fine header from James Tavernier’s cross before limping off in the 64th minute. Gerrard has said that he is “praying” it is nothing serious, but they will not know until they do further tests.
He told The Herald: “We are hoping we have got to it before there is a tweak or any muscle damage.
“We are hoping it is a little bit of tightness and we will know in the next 24 hours. I will certainly be praying tonight. He felt something in his hamstring. That’s what he came off with, but he wasn’t sure if he felt something or whether it was a bit of tightness.
“We will work that out in the next 24 hours and hopefully he will pull through because he is important for us. I thought his performance was top tonight as well.”
Rangers fans will surely be left feeling gutted after reading these worrying quotes from Gerrard. Whilst he has not ruled out an immediate return to action this weekend, the Gers boss has left it open-ended by refusing to make a prediction on how serious the blow will be for the defender.
This means that supporters could start to worry about Balogun’s situation and how many games he could miss. Even if he sits out one match for Rangers, fans could be dismayed as he is a terrific player for the club and an important cog in the defensive unit.
Balogun’s average SofaScore rating of 7.47 in the Europa League this season is the highest in the Rangers squad and his score of 7.11 ranks him fifth in terms of outfield players in the Premiership. This highlights the level of quality he brings to the side and why it is gutting news that he has picked up a hamstring injury on Thursday night.
The 33-year-old has made three tackles and interceptions combined, along with 3.9 clearances and 4.3 aerial duels won per game in the Premiership this season. His outstanding defending has helped Rangers to the top of the table and his impressive statistics show why his injury will be a big blow for Gerrard if it ends up keeping him out for a period of time.