By James Agberebi:
Mainz 05 coach Martin Schmidt has ruled out a return for Nigeria International defender, Leon Balogun, against Hoffenheim in their Saturday's Bundesliga away clash, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Balogun who is nursing an injury, last played for Mainz on December 2, 2016, when they lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich.
Speaking during his Thursday's pre-match press conference, Schmidt states that he doesn't want to rush Balogun back into action.
"We have 22-23 outfield players in training at the moment, that's obviously good. You always have one or two out injured.
"Leon Balogun has missed two important weeks, I think this week's game has come too soon for him."
Balogun has made 11 appearances for Mainz this season.
Meanwhile, Mainz are currently 10th in the Bundesliga league table.