Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie is facing bankruptcy proceedings, it has been revealed.
HM Revenue and Customs has submitted a petition for bankruptcy against the former England international at London’s High Court.
The case, known as a Government creditor’s petition, is due to be heard on January 27.
Last week, in a separate matter, it was revealed the son of Blues football legend Trevor Francis had been charged with burglary at a £1.7 million property owned by Hendrie.
James Francis, 24, will appear at court next month, accused of a break-in at a cottage in the grounds of the luxury mansion, Finwood Lawn, set in the leafy village of Rowington, Warwickshire.
The former Villa midfielder, 34, was not at home at the time of the alleged break-in in July. His main home is in Dickens Hill, Solihull.
Hendrie, who once earned £24,000 per week, is currently selling Finwood Lawn for £1.7 million. He paid £1.6 million for the six-bedroom mansion in 2006.
Land Registry records show that Barclays Bank obtained an interim charging order on the property – which can be the first step towards a possible forced sale – at Warwick County Court on August 25. Finwood Lawn is surrounded by 3.5 acres, with views across the stunning countryside.
The property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a ‘stunning’ open-plan ground floor, a ‘garden room’, study, laundry, and refurbished cellar bar. There is also a double barn garage and two self-contained cottages.
Hendrie, who could not be contacted immediately for comment, is a director of six companies, five of which have a good credit rating and one is in liquidation.
After being released by Sheffield United last summer, the former Premier League footballer spoke of his fallen fortunes. He has since signed with Kidderminster Harriers.
He played 251 times for Aston Villa between 1995 and 2007, scoring 27 goals and helping lift two League Cups.