Danny Drinkwater was beaten up by six men outside a nightclub after flirting with another footballer’s girlfriend, reports claim.
The Chelsea midfielder is currently on loan at Burnley and it was reported earlier this week that he faces six weeks out due to a mystery ankle injury.
Drinkwater pictured after the attack And now, The Sun has revealed the England international was the victim of an assault at Manchester’s Chinawhite club in the early hours of last Sunday.
According to the newspaper, Drinkwater clashed with Scunthorpe United’s Kgosi Ntlhe after trying to take the League Two defender’s girlfriend home.
It is claimed the pair were kicked out by security, before six men reportedly pounced on Drinkwater and beat him with a blunt object.
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A source told The Sun: “At one point he was curled up in a ball on the ground, as they repeatedly jumped up and down on his ankle and shouting, ‘Break his legs’.
“They knew he was a Premier League star and it was his livelihood. There was blood everywhere, and it was all incredibly nasty.”
The incident allegedly occurred after Drinkwater was an unused substitute in Burnley’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last Saturday.
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Drinkwater’s career has reportedly suffered another setback Drinkwater has reportedly suffered torn ankle ligaments as well as a severely swollen forehead, bruised shoulders and arms, and a cut cheek.
Last night a spokesman for the midfielder said: “Danny accepts he put himself in a position where he can be criticised. He will take on the chin the criticism that comes his way.
“He knows he cannot allow himself to be targeted, and has to take himself away from these situations.
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“He will address the concerns of those at the club privately, and honestly.”
Drinkwater, a title winner with Leicester, has not made a Premier League appearance for 18 months after being frozen out by former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri for the entirety of last season.
He failed to impress new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season, resulting in him being loaned out to the Clarets, and last weekend’s alleged incident represents another setback in his bid to return to action.