Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has been left with facial injuries after being attacked by what he described as ‘four cowards’ in his home.
The incident took place on Thursday, as Cancelo revealed in an Instagram story later that evening.
“Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family,” he wrote.
“When I showed resistance this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewelry and leave me with a face with this state.
“I don’t know how there are people with such meanness. The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all ok.
“And I after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more that I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always.”
Soon after Cancelo opened up about the ordeal City were quick to support their player, who enjoyed a marvelous 2021 on the pitch.
“We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home this evening during which Joao was also assaulted,” their statement read.
“Joao and his family are being supported by the Club and he is helping the police with their enquiries as they investigate this very serious matter.”
It remains to be seen whether the incident will rule Cancelo out of City’s New Year’s Day meeting with Arsenal. If he cannot feature Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill in at left-back.
The Portuguese’s absence would be a blow as he has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season, registering one goal and four assists in 19 appearances, as well as rarely being bettered defensively.