Ross Barkley pictured with black eye as he returns to Everton training following bar attack

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Ross Barkley has returned to Everton training after being assaulted at a Liverpool bar in the early hours of Monday morning.

The England international showed bruising and a black eye as he left the club's Finch Farm training complex.

Earlier, it was revealed Barkley has been contacted by police after he was the victim of an "unprovoked attack" in a bar.

Merseyside Police are investigating the alleged assault at a Liverpool city centre bar in the early hours of Monday.

Barkley has been contacted by police about the incidentCredit: Neil Jones


A force spokesman said: "A 23-year-old man was assaulted by another man in Santa Chupitos bar, on Slater Street.

"The victim, who was not injured, has been contacted by police and enquiries into the incident are ongoing, with CCTV opportunities being explored."

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The attack was not reported to police but officers made inquiries after footage appeared on social media.

On Monday, lawyers for the midfielder released a statement which said: "We can confirm that Ross was the victim of an unprovoked attack by a stranger who approached him on Sunday evening."

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