Joao Cancelo: Manchester City star assaulted during burglary at his home

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  • João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo
    Portuguese association football player

Manchester City have said they are "shocked and appalled" after defender Joao Cancelo was assaulted during a burglary at his home.

The Portugal international, 27, was with his family when the incident happened.

A statement from the Premier League club said: "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.

"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."

Addressing the incident on his Instagram account, Cancelo wrote: "Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family.

"The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all OK."

The post was accompanied by a picture of facial injuries he suffered in the attack.

Cancelo has made 100 appearances for Manchester City since joining the club from Juventus in 2019, scoring seven goals.

The full-back has been one of the standout performers for Pep Guardiola's side this season, with City currently enjoying an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table heading into 2022.

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