Former Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was stabbed in the head and the buttocks by a masked gang who also stole his designer watch in a horrific attack in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police have released more details of the incident which took place in the Beaumont Street area of Toxteth on Merseyside.
Wisdom, 27, had been visiting a family member and was making his way to his car when he was pounced upon by four masked men carrying knives at around 4.30am.
The Derby star has been hospitalised by the attack but his injuries are not understood to be life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Merseyside Police have launched an investigation and carried out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Richie Shillito said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around Beaumont Street around 4.30am who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us.
“Similarly I would ask for anyone who captured anything significant on dash-cam footage to get in touch as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.
“The investigation is in the early stages but we are determined to find the people responsible for this assault and robbery and I would urge anyone who knows anything to come forward.”
Wisdom will miss Derby’s game at Preston on Wednesday night and is also likely to be unavailable when the Rams host East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The club said in a statement on Monday night: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that Andre Wisdom has been the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery.
“He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital, where he is in a stable condition.
“Merseyside police are investigating and the club will focus its efforts on supporting Andre and his family. Therefore we will not be making any further comment at this time.”
Wisdom came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and made 22 appearances for the Reds before signing for Derby in 2017.
He had previously been on loan at Pride Park and also had temporary spells at West Brom, Norwich and Red Bull Salzburg.