FORMER Wigan Warriors star Sean Gleeson could be left blind in one eye after a brutal assault outside a nightclub on King Street.
Wigan-born Gleeson, who launched his Super League career with his hometown club in 2005 before moving to Salford and latterly Hull KR, is recovering in hospital after the attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Officers were called by paramedics who described what happened outside the Ibiza bar on King Street, in Wigan, as a “brutal assault”.
They found 26-year-old centre Gleeson, who had a serious injury to his eye and eye socket, on the road after the attack at 4.20am.
It is believed Gleeson got involved in an argument with a group of men inside the venue and it carried on outside. His attackers left in the direction of Wallgate.
Gleeson was taken to hospital for further treatment.
Police have now released CCTV images of three suspects in the case.
Det Chief Insp Howard Millington appealed for witnesses and expressed his concern for Gleeson’s sight.
“Our main concern is that a young man has been seriously assaulted,” he said. “He has been left with a serious injury which could result in the loss of his eye.
“We want to hear from anyone who saw or knows something that might be relevant to our investigation. At this time of night, there would have been people around the area who may have seen this attack or saw the men running away. I would also urge anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible to come forward and speak to us.
“Imagine if this was your son, brother, cousin, or close friend who was ill in hospital, you would want answers.”
The officer said he hoped the release if the CCTV images would help track down the culprits.
“If you recognise these men I would urge you to get in contact. A young man has been left with serious, potentially life-changing injuries, as he could lose his eye.”
Gleeson, who still lives in the Wigan area, has been plagued with injuries ever since he signed for Rovers on a three-year deal from Salford ahead of the 2013 season and is currently recovering from a broken leg suffered at the club’s warm-weather training camp.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Wigan police on 0161 856 7259/7967 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.