Why is Antonio Rudiger wearing a mask for Man City vs Chelsea

Why is Antonio Rudiger wearing a mask for Man City vs Chelsea
Defender suffered a facial injury late in the first leg of his side’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is wearing a mask in today’s Champions League final against Manchester City in Porto.

The centre-back hit the turf in the final minutes of the Champions League semi-final first leg with Real Madrid, which ended as a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital, suffering a facial injury.

Rudiger collided with Luka Modric at the end of the game, which manager Thomas Tuchel described as “a little bone injury on the side of the face”.

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Rudiger only spent one match on the sidelines before returning to the heart of Chelsea’s defence as they secured a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Germany international also scored a vital goal during that tense run-in as the Blues avenged their FA Cup final defeat with a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger started the Champions League final as part of Thomas Tuchel’s back-five, with Reece James restored to his right wing-back role.


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