Mainz sweat over Balogun fitness ahead Dortmund clash

Mainz sweat over Balogun fitness ahead Dortmund clash

German Bundesliga side Mainz 05 are battling with the possibility of not having Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun for this weekend’s important league game away to Borussia Dortmund.

Balogun who missed his side’s last two league matches against Leipzig and Augsburg due to a rib injury is rated doubtful for Saturday’s lunch time game at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

Mainz are in an uncomfortable 14th position on the Bundesliga table, five points above the automatic relegation zone with just two games left to play in the season.

Sandro Schwartz side know they face a daunting task at Dortmund – who have their sights set on usurping Schalke for second spot – and may have to face the trip without Balogun despite having made progress on his injury.

The German club on Thursday confirmed that former Darmstadt star Balogun has returned to training although he has not trained fully with the rest of the squad, casting doubts over his participation on Saturday.

The centre back’s situation will interest Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr who is expected to release his provisional list of players for this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia within the next fortnight.

Balogun has made fourteen appearances – all as a starter – in the league this season for Mainz 05 despite having to battle with injuries a number of times.

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