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Why is Croatia player Josko Gvardiol wearing a mask against Argentina at World Cup 2022?

JOSKO GVARDIOL is one of the most sought-after talents in European football and has shown just why at the World Cup.

The RB Leipzig centre-back, 20, has attracted transfer interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent months.

Josko Gvardiol puts on his face mask after the anthems at the World Cup in Qatar
Gvardiol was sporting two black eyes when he was on the bench for Croatia’s World Cup warm-up match recently

But he has remained loyal to the Bundesliga club, who are regulars in the Champions League.

And fans will have noticed the Croatia star is wearing an unfamiliar facial decoration during their World Cup campaign, which continues in a HUGE semi-final clash against Argentina.

Why is Josko Gvardiol wearing a mask?

Gvardiol was taken to hospital on November 10, during Leipzig’s 3-1 Bundesliga win over Freiburg.

He collided with team-mate Willi Orban in the 17th minute and injured his face.

Gvardiol wasn’t actually supposed to start the game but Abdou Diallo injured his knee in the warm-up.

Unfortunately for Gvardiol, he injured his face, with a nose and eye problem and left the pitch with a bloody nose.

Josko Gvardiol had a bloodied nose after a nasty collision with a team-mate during Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Freiburg

Scans later showed he broke his nose and is therefore being forced to wear a face mask at the World Cup, with Croatia’s first game less than two weeks away.

RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose said: “I heard he has a broken nose.

“The eye is swollen. He looks like a boxer after 12 rounds against a tough opponent.”

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