The trial of a car salesman accused of stealing more than £147,000 from a Aston Villa player has been adjourned on compassionate grounds.
Richard Esprit, who is also alleged to have defrauded Villa striker John Carew, had been due to go on trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
But the hearing, which is expected to last for around a week, was postponed until December 13 after the court heard that the defendant's mother was seriously ill in hospital.
Esprit, of Ouseley Road, Wraysbury, near Staines, Middlesex, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud and two of theft.
The 42-year-old is alleged to have stolen £92,500 belonging to Norway international Carew between July 1 2007 and October 2 2008, and a further sum of £55,000 between the same dates.
The fraud offences, which relate to a Porsche Cayenne Gemballa and a Porsche 997, are alleged to have taken place between March 2007 and May 2008.