Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng suffered some injuries after being physically attacked on the streets in Germany on Christmas Day following an altercation in Kaarst which has sparked a police investigation.
Police near DÃ¼sseldorf confirmed to the local press, the Rheinische Post, that a 26-year-old man involved was Schalke's Boateng.
'On Wednesday, 25.12.2013, at around 12:45, an incident of physical assault took place in Kaarst.
A 26-year-old man, a resident of Meerbusch, was physically attacked on the street by a currently unidentified man,' a police statement printed on dw.de said.
The midfielder was said to be 'mildly injured'.
It was reported that Boateng returned home after the incident before calling police.
'There are indications that the motive for the crime is connected to the personal affairs of the 26-year-old,' the police statement said.
'The man was mildly injured. Criminal investigators have begun their work.'
Bild has reported Boateng had visited his son at his ex-wife's house on Christmas Day, was hit once and fell onto a vase.
The paper's website said he checked himself into hospital with bruised ribs, neck and back.
After posting an image with family on Christmas Eve the only Twitter activity on Boateng's official profile has been a photo of a Rolex watch with the comment, 'It's TIME.'
Boateng is not due to represent Schalke in the Bundesliga until January 26 when they play Hamburg away. He is also due to play Real Madrid in February during the knockout phase of the Champions League and for the Ghana national team at the 2014 World Cup.
Despite being born in Berlin and playing for Germany at every age level, he's only played senior international football for Ghana, who were draw with Germany, Portugal and USA in group G for the tournament in Brazil.
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