Victor Boniface: Striker Returns to Bayer Leverkusen Training After Three Months

Victor Boniface: Striker Returns to Bayer Leverkusen Training After Three Months

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 26, 2024 at 8:15 AM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen has received a boost to their Bundesliga title race
  • Injured striker, Victor Boniface, is back training with the first team
  • Boniface was sidelined for three months with an adductor injury

Super Eagles striker, Victor Boniface, has returned to full training with the Bayer Leverkusen first team after a three-month injury layoff.

The 23-year-old forward had been out injured with an adductor injury he picked up during Nigeria’s preparation for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which forced him to pull out of the competition.

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Bayer Leverkusen star, Victor Boniface, was on crutches for a few weeks after suffering an adductor injury. Photo by Jurgen Fromme.
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According to Complete Sports, Boniface posted pictures of himself training with the first team for the first time as he nears full fitness after three months out of action due to the injury.

He is Leverkusen’s top scorer this season with 16 goals and eight assists in 23 games across all competitions and his return to fitness will be a welcome boost for Xabi Alonso’s team.

Die Werkself are gunning for a treble this season as they are currently 10 points clear of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga race, and also in contention for the DFB-Pokal and UEFA Europa League titles.

Grimaldo keen on Leverkusen stay

Meanwhile, Boniface’s teammate and Spanish international, Alejandro Grimaldo, has rejected rumours of a possible summer exit from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, Football Espana reports.

The 28-year-old, who joined the German club last summer and has been one of the standout stars of the team, has been linked with some of Europe’s top clubs when the transfer window opens.

Grimaldo’s contract with Leverkusen expires in 2027 and the Bundesliga club could demand at least €50 million to consider a sale as teams like Liverpool and West Ham United wait for his availability.

Why Boniface nearly quit football

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Boniface considered quitting football early in his career after a turbulent battle with injuries.

The 23-year-old moved to Europe from Nigerian youth team, Real Sapphire, in 2019 but injured his ACL twice before turning 21.

Boniface, who missed the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations through another injury setback, disclosed he almost gave up on football.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..