‘Masks are for Zorro’ — Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny refuses to imitate Osimhen after facial injury

Szczesny unwilling to wear a mask like Osimhen | Imago

‘Masks are for Zorro’ — Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny refuses to imitate Osimhen after facial injury

Ayoola Kelechi 21:41 - 18.04.2024

Wojciech Szczesny has decided to forego a mask during his recovery after a fractured nose during Juventus' draw against Torino

In the aftermath of his recent facial injury, Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has made it clear that he will not be following in the footsteps of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen by wearing a protective mask upon his return to action.

During last weekend's derby draw with Torino, Szczesny endured a blow to the nose from the arm of Torino defender Adam Masina, resulting in a fractured nose for the Polish shot-stopper. Despite the injury, Szczesny managed to finish the game before undergoing surgery to address the fracture.

The Mask is for Zorro

In a humorous yet resolute statement, Szczesny expressed his reluctance to don a protective mask during matches, likening them to the iconic attire of the fictional character Zorro. In a video shared by Juventus on social media platform X, Szczesny, with his nose bandaged, declared, "You wanted to see Tek running with the mask on? Never! Never with the mask! The mask is for Zorro."

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny receiving treatment | Sportal
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny receiving treatment | Sportal

Zorro, a renowned fictional character known for his masked vigilante persona, has been portrayed in various media formats, including magazines, books, and films. Szczesny's witty comparison highlights his aversion to the idea of wearing a mask on the field, preferring to keep it reserved for the iconic figure of Zorro.

Despite initial expectations of a brief spell on the sidelines, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri revealed that Szczesny is available for selection ahead of Friday's match against Cagliari. The 34-year-old goalkeeper's swift recovery underscores his determination to resume his duties between the posts for Juventus.

Contrasting Approaches

Szczesny's stance stands in stark contrast to that of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who has been wearing a protective mask since January 2022 following facial fractures. While Osimhen continues to prioritize safety by wearing the mask, Szczesny's refusal reflects his preference for a more unconventional approach to injury management.

As Szczesny prepares to return to action, his distinct style and unwavering personality add a touch of flair to Juventus' goalkeeping department, reaffirming his status as one of Serie A's most colorful characters both on and off the pitch.

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