SAINTS star Sia Soliola suffered “serious facial injuries” in an early hours assault outside a St Helens bar.
The 25-year-old Kiwi international was left with serious bleeding to his face following an incident outside the Imperial Bar in St Helens town centre at about 2.20am on Monday (March 12).
Paramedics reported that the popular player, who has turned out for Saints both at centre and in the second row, was still conscious when they arrived at the Ormskirk Street scene but “was not completely alert”.
Soliola, who had been spotted at Langtree Park at the start/finish line of the St Helens 10K less than 24 hours earlier, was taken to Whiston Hospital for treatment and subsequently discharged.
A 19-year-old man was also reported as injured, but did not require any medical treatment.
Police made three arrests at the scene.
A 32-year-old man from Speke, a 23-year-old man from Lymm in Cheshire and a 24-year-old man from Chester were all detained on suspicion of assault and violent disorder.
All three have since been bailed by police pending further inquiries.
An ambulance service spokeswoman confirmed: “The victim suffered quite a nasty head wound which caused serious bleeding and he was not completely alert. He was conscious but was not responding normally.
“He was taken to Whiston Hospital by ambulance for further treatment. A rapid response vehicle had also been dispatched to the scene, but was called off because the ambulance was there so quickly.”
In a club statement, Saints confirmed the identity of the victim but declined to comment further.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 0151 777 6075 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.