and England defender Micah Richards has been questioned by police over an alleged assault outside a nightclub.
The 20-year-old international was arrested yesterday over the alleged assault on a man in Hale, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of Christmas Eve.
Richards was questioned by police and later released on bail, reported the Manchester Evening News.
The alleged victim, claims he was assaulted outside a club in Ashley Road, Hale at approximately 12.30am on December 24, but Richards has not been charged with any offence and denies involvement.
'We can confirm that he attended a police station by appointment,' said a City spokesman. 'He is fully co-operating with the police with their inquiries. I would like to point out that he has not been charged with any offence and vigorously denies any involvement. The investigation continues and the club remains fully supportive.'
Eastlands manager Mark Hughes expects Richards to be involved against Middlesbrough on saturday.
He said: 'We are very supportive of Micah. He went to the police station in apre-arranged appointment. It is an on-going situation, we are aware of that andwe are supportive of him.
'When asked whether the defender was in the right frame of mind to be consideredfor selection this weekend, he replied: 'Absolutely.'
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'A 20-year-old man has been arrested after an assault outside a Hale nightclub. The man was arrested on suspicion of section 47 assault by appointment on 4 February. He has been bailed until 8 April and enquiries are continuing.'
In a separate incident it was revealed that a 29-year-old man had been arrested and questioned by Manchester police on suspicion of blackmailing one of City's players.
The man has been bailed until March 4. A police spokesman said: 'A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of blackmail as part of an investigation by police on January 31. He has been bailed until March 4 and the enquiries continue.'
Richards' arrest is just the latest incident to hit the club in recent weeks.
Richards' team-mate, record signing Robinho was questioned by police last month over allegations of sexual assault in Leeds.
The Brazil international forward strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
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