Nigerian defender Leon Balogun has returned to the treatment room days after helping the Super Eagles beat South American giants Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar in Russia on November 14.
His German club Mainz 05 confirmed on their official Twitter account on Sunday that the 29-year-old suffered a fracture to his left hand on Friday and had undergone surgery.
The former Werder Bremen player, who made his international debut in the 0-0 draw in a friendly match against Mexico in March 2014, missed Mainz’s league game against Cologne at Opel Arena on Saturday. Mainz won 1-0.
Balogun on October 20 underwent an operation on his broken cheek bone after he was injured in his team’s 2-0 defeat by Schalke 04 in their Bundesliga match at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
The development forced the former Darmstadt 98 star to wear a mask while playing for the O-Fives and the Eagles.
His partnership with Turkey-based William Troost-Ekong in the heart of Nigeria’s defence played a major role in getting Nigeria through to the Russia 2018 World Cup.