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Player on sister assault charge

West Ham's Calum Davenport
Davenport cost West Ham 3m when he joined from Spurs in 2007

West Ham United footballer Calum Davenport has been charged with assaulting his sister in an incident in which he was stabbed in both legs.

Mr Davenport was stabbed in the legs in the driveway of his mother's home in Kempston in August this year.

The 26-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, spent six days in intensive care in hospital after the incident.

He has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm on 28-year-old Cara Davenport.

'Deeply shocked'

Mr Davenport, of Greenfield, Flitton, Bedfordshire, is currently on bail to appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court on 10 November.

In a statement issued by his PR company, Mr Davenport said: "I am deeply shocked and disappointed at the decision that has been made to charge me with assault.

"I deny any wrongdoing and will plead not guilty. For legal reasons I am unable to discuss the matter further at this time."

Ms Davenport's boyfriend Worrell Whitehurst, 25, of Finsley Walk, Derby, has appeared in court charged with attacking the central defender as well as his mother, 49-year-old Kim Stupple, in the driveway of her home in Springfield Avenue, in August.

Mr Davenport, a former England under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery at Bedford Hospital for stab wounds to both legs.

'Road to recovery'

Doctors had to cut through muscle to repair the damage to his artery.

The defender has been able to return to light training and swimming after surgery which left him with a 15-inch scar on his leg.

Writing on the club website recently, the player said he was feeling positive.

"At the moment I am still in hospital and have quite a long way to go on the road to recovery but I am feeling positive," he said.

"Thanks to the club, my team-mates and fans, to the club doctors and the amazing staff at Bedford Hospital who have looked after me so well."

Bedford-born Mr Davenport cost West Ham £3m when he joined from Tottenham during the summer of 2007.

He spent a spell on loan at Premier League rivals Sunderland last season and has also been loaned out to Watford.

He started his career at Coventry and has also played on loan at Southampton and Norwich.

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