Joao Cancelo assaulted while defending family

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has said he was assaulted during a burglary at his home on Thursday night.

The Portugal international, 27, alleged he was defending his family when four thieves left him with facial injuries.

Cancelo posted an image of his injuries on Instagram and explained what happened.

He wrote: “Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family. When you show resistance this is what happens.

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.

After so many obstacles in my life this is just one more that I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always.”

Meanwhile, Man City responded to the news with a statement expressing their support and confirming the police have launched an investigation.

The statement read: “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.”

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