Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Leon Balogun will miss Saturday’s Premiership match at Ibrox.
The Gers defender suffered a head injury as the league leaders suffered their first defeat of the season in Wednesday’s League Cup meeting with St Mirren.
Balogun had to be substituted after a clash of heads with striker John Obika in the latter stages of the game at St Mirren Park.
Saturday’s outing at the Ibrox Stadium comes too early for the Nigeria international, Gerrard confirming his absence in Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of the Motherwell game.
“Balogun is unavailable for tomorrow as we are following medical protocol after a head injury,” the Rangers boss told reporters, as quoted by the club’s Twitter channel.
BBC Sport quotes Gerrard as also saying: “There’s protocols now that we have to follow.
“I’ve spoken to the doctor on that, so we will follow that medical guidance, but he will be unavailable for tomorrow’s game.
“We’re hoping to have him available for the next one after the weekend.”
Balogun joined Rangers in July on a free transfer after leaving English side Wigan at the end of last season, and has made 15 appearances for Gerrard’s side.
Balogun has been superb for Rangers since arriving at Ibrox – Gerrard deemed him a “top player” in August and he’s certainly living up to the hype.
It’s a shame he won’t be in action on Saturday but, when it comes to head injuries, you cannot take any chances.
Luckily for Gerrard, he can call upon Filip Helander to partner Connor Goldson in central defence and the back line will be just as strong.