PSG winger Nenê teased by teammates about protective mask
Nenê has a new nickname in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room due to the protective mask he must wear following surgery.
The 31-year-old has been sidelined with a fractured cheekbone since PSG’s 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Stade Reims last month.
The attacker clashed with fellow Brazilian Diego during the first-half of the game and needed surgery to repair two fractures to the right side of his face.
Nenê is now on the road to recovery but has had to endure some teasing from his PSG teammates about the new protective mask he must wear.
He said: "I spent three days in Italy for making the mask, so that it exactly matches my face.
"It is very light and does not bother me, my vision or breathing. I feel it is perfectly adequate.
"I could not escape the laughter. My teammates, especially the Brazilians, keep calling me Zorro. But that is the atmosphere of the locker room, I'm good."
Nenê is remaining upbeat about the injury and will be hoping to make his comeback soon.
He joked: "Maybe during matches or training sessions, the opposing defenders will be distracted watching my mask and leave me space for me and my teammates.
"In addition, when I score a goal I can celebrate in a different way without the risk of a yellow card."
The Brazilian has one year left on his contract at the Parc des Princes and is rumoured to be looking for a return to Brazil.