The defender had his 2014 World Cup dreams dashed by injury.
For a footballer, there is no bigger stage than the World Cup.
The tournament encompasses all elite footballing nations and only rolls around every 4 years.
While tournaments like the Champions League mean a lot, nothing matches the World Cups exclusivity and prestigious nature.
For this reason, it is especially heartbreaking to see a player miss out on such a potentially defining moment in their career.
Leon Balogun, Brighton and Hove Albion’s new signing, has suffered this pain before.
He missed the 2014 World Cup after he broke his foot on his international debut.
Now he faces the threat of yet again missing out on the World Cup stage.
The defender reportedly missed yesterdays training session through injury.
He is now undergoing a scan to reveal the extent of the injury.
The centre-back was tipped to start in Nigeria’s World Cup opener against Croatia tomorrow.
He now faces a nervous wait to see if he will finally get his chance to grace the worlds greatest stage.
With Nigeria facing one of the tournaments toughest groups, they will be fearful.
They face Croatia, Argentina and Iceland, three sides capable of beating any team
As a result, Nigeria, on paper, must be considered the underdogs.
Nigeria will have hoped to have their strongest side available for these clashes, but this has been thrown into doubt.
Albion fans will be hoping that their new player gets the chance he deserves and comes into the new season on a high.