Manchester City’s Jack Grealish encountered a harrowing experience as his Cheshire home was burglarized during the team’s 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park. The England midfielder’s family, present in the house during the incident, promptly informed Cheshire Police after hearing a disturbance. Despite the police response, the culprits managed to escape with approximately £1 million worth of jewelry and watches, leaving Grealish in a distressing situation.
Cheshire Police released a statement, stating, “At around 9.50 pm on Wednesday, December 27, police were called to reports of a burglary in Chelford, near Knutsford. The caller reported that a number of items had been stolen. Officers, supported by police dogs and National Police Air Service, were deployed, and searches were conducted in the local area, but there was no trace of the suspects. No arrests have been made at this time, and enquiries are ongoing.”
This unfortunate incident raises doubts about Grealish’s availability for Manchester City’s upcoming clash against Sheffield United. Manager Pep Guardiola expressed his concern over the situation and emphasized the evolving challenges of modern life, where high-profile individuals, including footballers, become targets.
Guardiola stated, “Fortunately nothing wrong happened where the family was inside. It is what it is today in the modern day, with many things happening. It was a bad moment for him and his family, but, fortunately, what was not damaged were the people inside.” The manager added that he would assess Grealish’s emotional state before deciding whether to include him in the squad for the Sheffield United match at the Etihad.
This distressing event follows a pattern of burglaries targeting footballers, including incidents involving former City defender Joao Cancelo and England international Raheem Sterling. Guardiola acknowledged the unfortunate reality but expressed relief that Grealish’s family members were unharmed.
As City navigates through this challenging period, Guardiola also provided updates on the team’s injury list. Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Jeremy Doku, and John Stones remain sidelined for the upcoming match against Sheffield United. Guardiola emphasized the need to manage the team effectively amid these setbacks.