Folarin Balogun’s loan to Middlesbrough set to be completed this week, but Covid could delay debut

Middlesbrough is hoping to complete Folarin Balogun’s loan signing this week after a Covid delay.

Arsenal confirmed on Sunday night that Balogun missed their FA Cup third round match against Nottingham Forest after testing positive for Covid-19.

However, they did not indicate when the positive test was taken, and this result is believed to have arrived earlier last week, which is why no movement took place last week despite numerous reports elsewhere suggesting that confirmation was imminent.

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It’s unclear exactly when Balogun will be released from isolation and will of course depend on whether he can test negative on days six and seven of his isolation period.

But Boro remains confident that Arsenal’s loan deal will be done when it doesn’t.

Chris Wilder would have liked Balogun to be available to make his debut against Reading on Saturday, and while that is still possible, his virus recovery status will need to be assessed when he is able to travel to Teesside to complete the final formalities of the event. ‘loan agreement.

It’s similar to many Boro first-team players this weekend who, while isolated and able to make it to Mansfield, were only able to make it to the bench for fear of their ability to finish. 90 minutes after limited pre-match training due to their isolation period.

Wilder will be able to call on Aaron Connolly for his Boro debut against Reading, however. The striker traveled to Mansfield and was due to make his debut at that time, but Boro was not given clearance in time for him to play at Mansfield.

Balogun had been in high demand this month, with many Championship and other clubs in Europe hoping to land the impressive 20-year-old, but Boro appears to have impressively won this race for his signing.

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