Joao Cancelo left with facial injuries after being attacked by burglars

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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 attacked by four cowards who injured me and tried to harm 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 condition.

“I do not know how there are people who are so mean. The most important thing for me is my family and fortunately they are all well.

“And I after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more that I will overcome. Firm and strong, as always.”

Shortly after Cancelo announced the trial, City were quick to support their player, who enjoyed a fantastic 2021 on the pitch.

“We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home tonight during which Joao was also assaulted,” it said in their statement.

“Joao and his family are supported by the club and he is assisting the police with their inquiries as they investigate this very serious matter.”

It remains to be seen whether the event will exclude Cancelo from City’s New Year’s meeting with Arsenal. If he can not present Oleksandr Zinchenko will probably fill in as left back.

The Portuguese’s absence would be a blow as he has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season, scoring one goal and four assists in 19 games, and has rarely improved defensively.

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