Croatia's Josko Gvardiol Uses Face Mask to Protect Facial Injury

Croatia's Josko Gvardiol Uses Face Mask to Protect Facial Injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

If you’re wondering why Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol was wearing a face mask in his 2022 World Cup debut on Wednesday, it is quite a gory story.

The 20-year-old defender who plays for RB Leipzig was involved in an on field collision with a teammate on Nov. 10 during the club’s victory over Freiburg, resulting in a facial injury.

After getting scans done at the hospital, Gvardiol found out that he had suffered a broken nose two weeks before the World Cup and would have to wear a face mask as protection.

The injury has also caused his eye to be swollen.

Croatia went on to finish in a scoreless draw with Morocco in a Group F showdown and is set to face Canada on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.

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