Jason Puncheon to stand trial after denying nightclub assault charge

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon is to stand trial after denying assaulting a nightclub doorman.

The Premier League star stands accused of assaulting a bouncer with a belt at Mishiko nightclub in Reigate, Surrey, on December 17.

Puncheon, 31, appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Friday where he denied one charge of common assault.

He also pleaded not guilty to a second count of causing fear or provocation of violence.

A third charge of possessing an offensive weapon was withdrawn.

Puncheon, who injured himself in a match against Manchester City on Sunday, arrived at court with the aid of crutches.

He will stand trial at Staines Magistrates' Court on June 4.