Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffered a broken jaw during a robbery at his home in Castelldefels, Barcelona, earlier this week.
In what could only be described as a nightmare of a situation, a gang of four men wearing masks broke into the pro soccer player’s house in the early hours of Monday (Aug. 29) morning, armed with iron bars and firearms. The criminals handcuffed both Aubameyang and his wife–with their children still on the property–and stole many of their valuables.
While some sources originally reported that there were no injuries sustained by the family, it was later revealed that Aubameyang had his jaw broken during the break-in. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.
In a Tweet posted earlier today, Aubameyang confirmed the news and shared a statement thanking his fans for their support. He continued, “On Sunday night, some violent cowards broke into our home and threatened my family and my children just to steal some stuff.
They injured my jaw, but I will recover in no time, and thank God no one else was physically harmed. The feeling that we are no longer safe in our own home is hard to understand and describe, but as a family, we will overcome this and be stronger than ever. Thanks for all the support, it really means a lot to us. Auba.”
The injury is expected to put Aubameyang out of action for about three weeks and has implications for his possible transfer to Chelsea F.C. Barca and Chelsea had held talks on Tuesday considering the transfer; Barca originally held out for more than €25 million for the forward, while The Premier League stated that they would not pay over €20 million. Following Aubameyang’s jaw injury, another potential solution has appeared in the form of loaning him to the west London club. While Barca coach Xavi Hernandez said that he is happy to keep Aubameyang, the club’s reported need to reduce their wage bill has put the issue of the athlete’s transfer up in the air for the time being.