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06th May 2017

Joel Ward’s nose was in bad shape after Leroy Sane foul

Noses shouldn't point that way

Darragh Murphy

Joel Ward won’t forget his most recent trip to the Etihad in a hurry.

The Crystal Palace right back was part of a team that found itself on the receiving end of a 5-0 rout courtesy of Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

But the pain of such a defeat was almost certainly exceeded by the agony endured by Ward following a challenge from City winger Leroy Sane.

With the score at 3-0, Palace were awarded a free kick in City’s half when Sane crashed into Ward, who quickly hit the deck.

As the cameras panned to the defender’s face, blood could be seen streaming down his nose and on to the pitch.

When Ward glanced up to motion for medical attention, we all got a clear sight at just how badly his nose had been broken.

Now, let us remind you how Ward’s nose used to look – straight, unblemished, pointing forward.

With Palace having just used their third and final substitution of the game, Ward had no option but to soldier on for the remaining 15 minutes.

The referee kept his cards in his pocket and City went on to score another two before the full-time whistle.

It was not a good day for Palace supporters.

It was a worse day for Joel Ward.