Leon Balogun is set to hand Steven Gerrard a big injury boost ahead of Rangers’ clash with Hearts, as The Athletic report he should be fit for Saturday’s Premiership game at Ibrox.
Hearts visit Glasgow this weekend looking to move above the Gers atop the standings, with one-point currently separating the sides. Robbie Neilson’s Tynecastle natives are also the sole remaining unbeaten outfit in Scotland’s top-flight after the opening eight games.
Gerrard faced an anxious wait over Balogun’s involvement in Rangers’ defence against Hearts after sustaining an injury on international duty. The 33-year-old limped off late on during Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying win over the Central African Republic on Sunday.
But Balogun is unlikely to miss any Rangers games, as his injury was only a knock and is not serious. Offering Gerrard a lot of relief, as the Gers wait for Filip Helander to return from a knee injury. He is likely to be out of action until at least December, having required surgery.
Rangers are yet to lose a domestic fixture this season with Balogun featuring, winning six Premiership games and beating Livingston in the League Cup. He started all seven of those encounters and played the full 90-minutes in each, as well.
Balogun hands Gerrard and Rangers big injury boost
Gerrard would have feared Rangers facing Hearts without Balogun if his injury was more severe. Along with being the sole remaining unbeaten Premiership side, only Celtic have outscored Neilson’s men with 19 goals to 14.
Hearts also boast the division’s joint top-scorer in Liam Boyce, who has scored six in eight appearances. Gerrard will want £14k-a-week Balogun operating at his best to shut the 30-year-old down on Saturday, with Boyce accounting for 43% of Hearts’ total goals so far.