Ross Barkley was pictured for the first time since he was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’ in a Liverpool bar on Sunday night.
The Everton midfielder showed bruising on his face as he left training at the club’s Finch Farm base.
The 23-year-old’s face looked battered and bruised as he was seen leaving Everton’s training ground after arriving at the facility a few hours earlier on Wednesday.
Barkley was punched to the ground by a man in a Liverpool club over the weekend following the Toffees’ 4-2 victory over Leicester City.
He was not knocked out and was free to return to training following the incident.
Barkley returned to full training with the Blues on the Monday after the incident, and was examined by club medics, who must now follow strict guidelines relating to head injuries.
But he is free to play against the Clarets.
A statement from Barkley’s lawyer said on Monday: ‘We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening.’
According to the club, Barkley did not suffer any concussion from the incident after being checked out by club medical staff, and he will not be disciplined as club sources say he was not in breach of any rules and was under no curfew.
Merseyside Police are looking into the incident, and Ross Barkley will want to move on from the skirmish as quickly as possible by continuing his good form on the pitch when Everton host Sean Dyche’s side at Goodison Park on Saturday.