Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has delivered an update on the injury that Leon Balogun suffered following his side’s 2-o victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, he said: “I don’t know what he has exactly but he couldn’t continue so we have to assess him tomorrow.
“For him, it ‘s been a difficult time. He’s been away through injury many moments in this season and just came back so hopefully it’s not that serious. But we have to wait and see.”
The news is a major setback for the Gers especially given that Balogun had only just returned a few weeks ago following an injury that kept him out for the best part of three months.
With the Scottish Premiership title race likely to go down to the wire after Celtic’s victory in the Old Firm clash, losing someone as influential in Balogun could have a major impact on the Ibrox side’s chances of retaining their crown.
When the Nigeria international has been fit, he’s invariably been a starter for the Gers, both under Steven Gerrard earlier in the season, and now with Van Bronckhorst at the helm.
As per Whoscored, his 7.03 average match rating marks him out as the second-best performing defender at Ibrox this season in the league, while he ranks at the very top of interceptions made per game.
With the games coming thick and fast now, both in the Scottish Cup at the weekend against Annan Athletic, and then in the Europa League a few days later against Borussia Dortmund, Balogun being out for any amount of time would be a huge blow for the Gers.