MADRID (AP) — Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang injured his jaw when armed robbers broke into his home this week, the player said Wednesday.
He posted a message on Instagram thanking everyone for their support after the attack by a group of masked men on Monday morning.
Aubameyang said he hopes he recovers quickly and that no one else was physically harmed during the robbery.
“Some brutal cowards entered our house and threatened my family and my children, just to steal something,” he said. “They hurt my jaw but I’ll be fine soon.”
Authorities said Aubameyang was punched in the face and forced to open a safe where they kept the jewelry. According to reports, the assailants threatened him and his wife with guns and iron bullets.
“The feeling that we are no longer safe in our own home is hard to understand and explain, but as a family, we will overcome this and stand stronger than ever. Thanks for all the support, it’s really It means a lot to us.
Gabon international Aubameyang, 33, signed for Barcelona in the middle of last season after long spells with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Arsenal in the Premier League.
No further details about his jaw injury were released, and Barcelona did not immediately say how long the player would be out.
Aubameyang did not play in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish league on Sunday evening. He was among the players expected to be traded to another team so the club could clear salary cap space.
Two weeks ago, new Barcelona signing Robert Lewandowski took a watch off his wrist when he arrived at the club’s training center for training.
It is not unusual for soccer players’ homes to be robbed in Spain, although the crimes usually occur when the athletes and their families are away during matches. Among the reported victims in the past have been Casemiro, Alvaro Morata, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
A few years ago, the Spanish police broke up a gang that was robbing players’ homes during the games.