Udinese and Italy Under-20 international Cristian Battocchio has been mugged and beaten while on vacation in Argentina.
The midfielder is of mixed Italian and Argentinean heritage, so was jogging in his birthplace Rosario when he was attacked by four assailants.
It’s reported they took 500 pesos and left Battocchio with injuries to his face and jaw.
The 20-year-old will return to Udine tomorrow and undergo a medical to ensure there is no lasting damage.
This has been a difficult week for Udinese, as midfielder Christian Obodo was kidnapped in Nigeria and escaped from his captors when they were prepared to kill him.