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Tottenham’s Dele Alli suffers facial injuries after being robbed at knifepoint
5:40 PM ET
  • James OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC

Dele Alli was robbed at knifepoint after thieves broke into his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewelry.

The Tottenham midfielder was at his North London residence in Hadley Wood, isolating during the coronavirus pandemic with his long-term partner, Ruby Mae, his stepbrother, Harry Hickford, Hickford’s girlfriend and another friend.

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A scuffle ensued after two men armed with knives entered the property just after midnight. The local police said a man in his 20s, believed to be Alli, was struck in the face and suffered minor injuries before the robbers took various items, including expensive watches, prior to fleeing.

Tottenham confirmed the incident to ESPN, and later on Wednesday, Alli tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.”

Closed-circuit TV footage has been passed on to police, with all five household members said to be shaken but none suffering any serious injury.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at approximately 00:35hrs on Wednesday, 13 May to reports of a robbery at a residential address in [the borough of] Barnet.

“Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing.

“One male occupant of the property, aged in his 20s, suffered a minor facial injury after being assaulted. He did not require hospital treatment.

“No arrests; enquiries into the circumstances continue.”

Alli, 24, is expected to resume group training with his Spurs teammates on Monday, as the Premier League aims to resume competitive action on June 12.

“We have been offering our support to Dele and those isolating with him,” Tottenham said in a statement. “We encourage anyone with any information to help the police with their investigation to come forward.”

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