VIEWERS of the Group D clash between Tunisia and Australia will have noticed a unique feature about Ellyes Skhiri for the African side.

The FC Köln midfielder has hit 50 appearances for his national side, a feat to be proud of.

But when facing Denmark and Australia, he has been sporting a mask over his face and fans may not have recognised him, and he is currently in action.

We have all the details on why he is masked up during the 2022 World Cup.

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So far this tournament, we have seen Son Heung-Min take to the field for South Korea in a mask.

And the reason for this is similar to that of Skhiri, with both players suffering injuries.

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Skihiri suffered a broken cheekbone in late October but would not let this ruin his World Cup dream.

The midfielder returned a week later wearing a mask as he was determined to play at the World Cup for his country, who are looking to make it out of the group stages for the first time in their history.

Wearing a mask will protect his cheekbone as it recovers, ensuring that it cannot be further damaged during his time on the pitch.

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