Leverkusen's Michal Kadlec's nose broken in attack

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 3:02 AM

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen says defender Michal Kadlec suffered a broken nose after being attacked by two men in a Cologne nightclub Saturday night.

The club says Kadlec was with his girlfriend and some Leverkusen teammates after their 1-0 win at Hoffenheim when the Czech defender was "violently attacked."

German media reports the attack was carried out by fans of Bundesliga rival Cologne.

The 27-year-old Kadlec will undergo an operation on his nose Monday.

The left back says, "I still want to play with a mask against Hannover on Saturday, if it can happen somehow."

Kadlec would be the fourth Leverkusen player to play with a mask this season after facial injuries to Michael Ballack, Andre Schuerrle and Simon Rolfes.

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