Roma defender Smalling robbed by armed burglars - source

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Lazio v AS Roma - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - January 15, 2021 AS Roma's Chris Smalling during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

ROME (Reuters) - AS Roma defender Chris Smalling was robbed at gunpoint by burglars who broke into his home in Rome in the early hours of Friday, a source close to the matter said.

Smalling's wife, son, mother and another family member were also in the house situated off the ancient Appian Way south of the city, according to the source.

Three men entered the house at around 5 am and forced Smalling to open the safe and hand over three Rolex watches, jewels and around 300 euros ($359.46) in cash, according to news agency ANSA and Rome's main sports daily Corriere dello Sport.

It was not immediately possible to contact the 31-year-old former England defender and Roma were not available to comment.

Smalling sat out Roma's Europa League quarter-final second leg with Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday due to a knee injury. He watched them draw the second leg 1-1 to win 3-2 on aggregate, setting up a semi-final against his old club Manchester United.

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(Reporting by Gavin Jones; editing by Ken Ferris)

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