A striking appearance that undoubtedly raises questions. When Thomas Meunier came in for Yannick Carrasco during the first World Cup match of the Red Devils on Wednesday, he did so with a striking mask. He got that after an itch bone fracture and associated surgery.
Meunier had to sit unemployed for a long time at Borussia Dortmund after he was injured in the cup match against second division Hannover 96 at the end of October. He had to be replaced in the 63rd minute after he was hit in the face. He then suffered a fractured cheekbone and required surgery. For a while there was fear for the World Cup, but Meunier is still there in Qatar.
And that with the help of a face mask made to protect him. Normally there is only one company in Belgium – Vigo from Wetteren – that makes such custom masks from carbon or from a special type of plastic, but Meunier’s face mask was manufactured in Germany.
It is a sophisticated attachment. The fracture site is usually left open, sparing the sensitive area if the face takes another blow. The pressure points are elsewhere on the skull. The eyes are also left as free as possible so that the view is not obstructed too much and breathing is also possible.