'I feel for him' - Rangers injury blow has Gerrard 'pulling his hair out', says pundit
Steven Gerrard will have been “pulling his hair out” at Rangers after Leon Balogun suffered an injury scare on international duty, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he feels for the ‘unlucky’ centre-back after a number of fitness problems this season.
As reported by Premium Times Nigeria, the 32-year-old was forced off injured in Nigeria’s 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone in what would have been a worrying sight for Gerrard.
With George Edmundson suspended for seven games and Nikola Katic out injured, Balogun’s absence would have left the Gers with just Connor Goldson and Filip Helander as centre-back options.
However, the Nigeria star managed to shake off the knock and was back in the starting XI for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw in a rematch against Sierra Leone.
Hutton has bemoaned the defender’s fitness issues this season and admitted he wanted to see a regular centre-back pairing of Balogun and Connor Goldson.
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Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he’s been a little bit unlucky with niggles, to be honest. He’s come in, he’s done excellently well and then he’s picked up a little niggle and then he’s been out and then he’s come back in.
“It’s been a shame for him really, because I think they (Goldson & Balogun) could be an excellent pairing but I think Gerrard is lucky enough that he’s obviously got other centre-halves that can come in and do a job, so he’s doing not too bad in that area.
“I feel for him, it’s about coming in and try and play as many games in a row, it’s difficult to play your best when you’re in and out. Managers will be pulling their hair out through international duty, watching games through their fingers, hands over their eyes.”
Balogun, who joined on a free from Wigan this summer, has started seven times in his eight appearances for Rangers.
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