Footballer Ronnie Wallwork is in a stable condition in hospital after he was stabbed in what was thought to be a targeted attack in a Manchester club.
Wallwork was given first aid at the club before an ambulance arrived
The 29-year-old suffered stab wounds to his hand, stomach and back in the Sugar Lounge in the city centre.
Greater Manchester Police have said they do not believe the stabbing was a random act.
Wallwork, a former Manchester United player, is currently on loan to Barnsley from West Brom.
The attack happened on Thursday not long after Wallwork arrived at the Whitworth Street West bar and nightclub, a favourite with celebrities and footballers.
He was with his girlfriend when the attack happened.
Wallwork was given first aid by staff, before an ambulance arrived. He is now recovering in Manchester Royal Infirmary.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "The 29-year-old was taken to hospital suffering stab wounds to his hand, stomach and back. It is not known what type of weapon was used.
The Sugar Lounge is a popular haunt for footballers and celebrities
"Detectives believe this was not a random attack and are continuing to make enquiries to trace the offender."
Wallwork came though the youth system at Manchester United and was sent to Carlisle, Stockport and Royal Antwerp on loan.
However, his spell in Belgium was marred by controversy when he was banned from football for life after he allegedly attacked a referee.
That punishment was reduced on appeal to just a one-year sanction which related only to Belgium.
Three years later, Wallwork joined West Brom on a free transfer after making 28 appearances for United.
Although he was given a new two-year contract in August, he fell out of favour when new manager Tony Mowbray arrived and was allowed to go out on loan to Barnsley.