Rand Paul recovering from multiple broken ribs after assault: report

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) is reportedly recovering from five broken ribs after he was attacked while doing yard work on Friday.

Doug Stafford, a top aide to Paul, told The Associated Press on Sunday that it is unclear when Paul plans to return to work as he deals with severe pain that prevents him from traveling and flying. 

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Three of the five broken ribs are displaced fractures, which pose a risk for life-threatening problems, the aide told the news wire.

His injuries could cause the senator lasting pain for months, according to the report.

Rene Boucher, Paul's next-door neighbor, has been charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

Paul on Sunday thanked those who had expressed concern following the attack.

"Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers," he wrote on Facebook.