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The 27-year-old defender was the victim of an attack by a group of rival fans on Saturday, but hopes to play the rest of the season in a mask.

Bayer Leverkusen defender Michal Kadlec had his nose broken after a fight between him and a group of Koln fans on Saturday night.

The Czech Republic international was out with friends in Koln after his side's 1-0 win over Hoffenheim at the weekend, before an altercation between himself fans of the Billy Goats ended with the former Sparta Prague man going to the hospital.

"I was stunned," Kadlec told Express. "My nose was immediately bleeding heavily, and my friend was shocked. The men had shown themselves to be Koln fans and started insulting me. Then, I felt a violent blow.

"It was something I have never seen, either in Koln or my native Czech Republic."

Kadlec will have surgery on Monday, but hopes to play in Leverkusen's next game against Hannover in a mask.


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