It is a well coined phrase that we know well; its use usually implies that somebody has made someone else feel resentful or less strongly it can be used simply as a term for upsetting someone; to ‘put someone’s nose out of joint’. It essentially means to damage pride as the nose is such a visible portion of the human anatomy its disfigurement is a rather permanent and often irreversible feature. Ask Mick McCarthy or Steve Ogrizovic (if you dare).
But contrary to the idiom’s official meaning the wound will be a source of pride for certain as he did so scoring a last gasp equaliser against Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux. With everyone including the keeper up for a late corner the 29-year-old gave a whole new meaning to the term injury time when he bulleted home a header and in the process smashed his face into the back of an opponent’s head.
Despite initially refusing to be consoled by his team-mates he eventually allowed former Le Mans team-mate and current LOSC striker Tulio de Melo to take a look at the injury, which required surgery the next morning.
Despite what looks like it will be a disfigured facial joint the brave centre half may have become something of a cult hero in Northern France for his heroic point-saver.
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image: © Julien Haler