A gym trainer appeared in court yesterday charged with the attempted murder of football star Ronnie Wallwork.
Robert Rimmer (20) appeared at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court charged following the stabbing of the 29-year-old West Bromwich Albion midfielder in a city centre bar last month.
Rimmer, of Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton, Manchester, sat in the dock with his right arm in a sling during the 40-minute hearing.
Wallwork, who is currently on loan to Barnsley, suffered seven stab wounds to his back, stomach and hand.
He had been enjoying a night out with his girlfriend at the Sugar Lounge bar in Whitworth Street, Manchester, on November 30 when the attack occurred.
Bar staff gave the footballer first aid before he was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Wallwork was discharged from hospital at the weekend and is said to be recovering from his injuries.
The former Manchester United player worked his way up through the youth teams at Old Trafford before being sent to Carlisle, Stockport and Royal Antwerp on loan.
Wallwork joined West Brom on a free transfer after making 28 appearances for United.
No plea was entered and reporting restrictions were not lifted. Rimmer was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Crown Square Court on February 26.