The Team of Zorros: See Chelsea's Long-Time History of Wearing Face Masks

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With each game as important as the next, footballers can no longer afford to allow a broken nose or fractured cheekbone to rule them out of action.

Chelsea's Diego Costa became latest player to wear a face mask after he suffered a broken nose in training a couple of days ago.

Indeed, Diego Costa is not the only Chelsea players to wear a face mask. The Blues have now produced a full XI of players in face masks in the past few years.

"We are a team with a lot of masks," joked manager Guus Hiddink in his pre-match press conference. "We are a Zorro team!" It's hard to disagree when you look at this lot.

GK: Petr Cech

Chelsea's goalkeeper, who now plays for Arsenal, broke his nose in a collision with his own team-mate Ashley Cole in 2011.

RB: Paulo Ferreira

Paulo Ferreira wore his mask on New Year's Eve in 2011 after a clash with Gareth Bale.

CB: John Terry

The Chelsea captain has never been afraid to put himself on the front line.

CB: Gary Cahill

Defender Gary Cahill had to wear a mask earlier this season.

LB: Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar did not let a double cheekbone fracture stop him playing for Chelsea.

DM: Nemanja Matic

Nemanja looked like a disfigured supervillain.

CM: Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas had to wear a mask after a clash with Stoke's Charlie Adam last season.

CM: Ramires

The Brazilian has the mask made by the Ortholabsport, an orthopedic centre in Milan.

LW: Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres wore a mask for seven weeks after suffering a broken.

CF: Diego Costa

Classic Costa.

RW: Demba Ba

He travelled to Milan with the Chelsea doctor to have his mask fitted.

Chelsea players just love Wearing a protective mask. Very dashing indeed.

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