Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has continued to wear a mask to train and play since his deadline day transfer from Barcelona.
Graham Potter has since replaced Thomas Tuchel as manager since the Gabonese forward joined and is likely to remain a key role in the Blues’ attack as they attempt to get their season underway.
Making his Zagreb debut for Aubameyang, the 33-year-old wore his mask as the Croatia side shocked the Londoners 1-0 to spell the end of Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Aubameyang continues to wear a mask while recovering from a broken jaw, although there were moments during an open training session on Tuesday in Cobham when he was able to train without the personalized protective article. This suggests that it may not be long before he can train and play without a mask.
The injury originally happened when Aubameyang’s home was robbed while he was still living in Barcelona.
After the incident, Aubameyang clarified the situation on Twitter: “On Sunday evening, some violent cowards broke into our house and threatened my family and children just to steal some things. They hurt my jaw, but I’ll recover in no time and thank God no one else was physically hurt.”
Aubameyang traveled to Milan after joining Chelsea and received a personalized face mask to protect his jaw, with orthopedic specialist Ortholabsport providing the service.
The same company has helped former Chelsea players Antonio Rudiger, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Cesc Fabregas continue playing despite facial injuries.
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