posted on 12/09/2022 1:45 PM
During Croatia’s matches at the 2022 World Cup, defender Josko Gvardiol drew attention for wearing a black mask over his face. The athlete uses the accessory as a form of protection after suffering a broken nose.
The Croatian suffered the fracture during a match in the German Championship, for RB Leipzing. The accident happened during a ball dispute with a teammate, in a game that took place on the eve of the World Cup.
Gvardiol was cleared to play in world competition after passing tests. The mask is made with rubberized fabric and protects the athlete’s face, in addition to preventing impact on injured regions of the face.
South Korean player Son Heung-min also adopted the use of the accessory during World Cup matches. Son suffered a collision during the last round of the Champions League on 1 November.
Due to the accident, he had to undergo a surgical procedure on his face, and had to wear a mask to protect the entire surgery site and avoid head impacts in the region.
Another player who also had to use protection during the Cup was Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri. In his case, he wears the mask because he suffered an injury to his cheek.
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