Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will wear a carbon fiber face mask in the derby against Roma on Saturday.

As reported by Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi earlier today, the 26-year-old Serbian midfielder first wore the mask in yesterday’s squad training session in Formello and is keen to start against the Giallorossi on Saturday evening.


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Milinkovic-Savic suffered a quadruple fracture to the septum of his nose in last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Fiorentina and underwent surgery on Sunday to reduce the damage. He missed Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Parma but refuses to miss the clash against the Giallorossi.


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During training yesterday, the 26-year-old Milinkovic-Savic even managed to head the ball, and he is confident that he’ll be able to perform his best despite wearing the mask.

The Serbian midfielder has been a key man for coach Simone Inzaghi this campaign, making 40 appearances across all competitions, for a total of 3407 minutes. In that time, he has scored eight goals and provided 11 assists, being one of the Biancocelesti’s standout stars.