Cliftonville goalkeeper Conor Devlin – a former Manchester United player – is to meet with police in connection with an assault on a rival player during a night out.
Glentoran starlet Jim O'Hanlon required seven staples to a head wound after the altercation at a popular Belfast nightclub.
The 20-year-old – who has played more than 100 games for the Glens – was detained overnight in hospital with his injuries.
They included a suspected broken nose and split lip.
Police will interview Mr Devlin in relation to the attack this afternoon.
He has featured in Northern Ireland squads and represented his country at under-21 level. The 22-year-old joined Cliftonville in 2012. Mr Devlin did not return our calls yesterday.
The chairman of Cliftonville, Gerard Lawlor, declined to comment when contacted by this newspaper.
Saturday night's alleged incident has sent shockwaves through the local game.
Mr O'Hanlon had been out with friends at the Odyssey complex to celebrate his girlfriend's birthday.
During the night there was a verbal exchange between Mr O'Hanlon and another footballer, it is claimed, which spilled into violence. Mr O'Hanlon declined to comment yesterday, saying he wanted to concentrate on his recovery.
Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson said he was stunned.
"Jim is adamant he didn't hit the other guy and hopefully the CCTV will prove that," he said. "Everyone at the club is in shock about this."
A number of Irish League clubs sent messages of support to Mr O'Hanlon yesterday.
A former director of Glentoran expressed his shock at the injuries and said the alleged attack had cast a shadow across the game.
"This sends out anything but a positive message," said Belfast Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers, who knows Mr O'Hanlon. Hours prior to the altercation, Mr O'Hanlon played his part in Glentoran's victory over Portadown in the fifth round of the Irish Cup.
He will miss Glentoran's game against Glenavon tonight and could be out of football for over a month.
Jim O'Hanlon is widely regarded as one of the most promising young players in Northern Ireland. The 20-year-old winger from Belfast is a regular starter for Irish League giants Glentoran. O'Hanlon has made over 100 appearances for the Glens to date, scoring 12 goals.