Sunderland player Darron Gibson has allegedly been involved in a car crash that left several parked cars wrecked.
The smash happened on Dovedale Road, in the Fulwell area of Sunderland on Saturday morning.
One man has been arrested in connection with the incident and police are appealing for witnesses.
The crash happened at around 11.55am, just hours before Sunderland AFC was due to take on Preston at the Stadium of Light.
However, midfielder Gibson was not on the team sheet due to a groin injury.
Pictures of the aftermath of the crash show a number of badly damaged cars, including a white Seat and a dark-coloured Mercedes.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
Norman Howe, 73, who lives near the scene of crash said:
And Ann Howe, also 73, added:
Graeme Howe, 46, said:
Former Everton player Gibson joined Sunderland last year. The 30-year-old Ireland international was born in Derry and has also previously played for Manchester United.
A spokesman for Sunderland AFC said: “We are aware of a road traffic accident.”