Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo claims he received facial injuries while attempting to fight off a gang of robbers with his family.
On Instagram, the 28-year-old shared a photo of his injuries.
“Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family,” he wrote. “When you show resistance, this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewellery and leave me with my face with this state.”
Cancelo has played in all but one of City’s Premier League games this season, contributing to the defending champions’ ascension to the top of the table.
After joining City in a £60 million transfer from Juventus in August 2019, he was named to the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League team of the season in 2020-21.
“After so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more that I will overcome,” Cancelo added.
Source: BBC Sport