New video footage appears to show Danny Drinkwater aiming a headbutt at rival footballer on a dance floor on the night he was attacked by a gang.
Burnley midfielder Drinkwater was left with ankle and facial injuries following an assault on a night out in Manchester on August 31.
It is not known whether the two incidents are related.
During the night at the Chinawhite club, Drinkwater is alleged to have attempted to chat up the girlfriend of Scunthorpe United footballer Kgosi Ntlhe.
New footage obtained by the Daily Star Online appears to show Drinkwater put Ntlhe in a headlock while on the dance floor of the venue.
After Ntlhe managed to break free, Drinkwater appears to throw his head in his direction.
Video footage then appears to show Ntlhe throw two punches back at Drinkwater.
Onlookers were left stunned as they tried to move away from the incident as it escalated.
Security personnel arrived on the scene to calm the situation.
The witness who filmed the footage told the Star: “They were arguing for three minutes beforehand.
“I didn’t hear what was said – it was just raised voices – because we were in the club.
He added: “There’s no doubting it was [Danny] Drinkwater.
“I couldn’t tell who started it, but word spreads fast in the club when someone famous is around – and then we heard there was a fight.
“This big crowd gathered around and started taking pictures.
“The rumour was Drinkwater had chatted up this other guy’s girl, and the two had it out.
“He was in a headlock for a bit, but then he broke free and headbutted him.”
There is no suggestion that Ntlhe was involved in the attack which followed outside of the nightclub and police were not called to the incident, which was not reported by Drinkwater.
During that attack, Drinkwater was reportedly attacked by six thugs who shouted ‘break his legs’.
A spokesman for Drinkwater said at the time: “Danny accepts he put himself in a position where he can be criticised. He will take on the chin the criticism that comes his way.
“He knows he cannot allow himself to be targeted, and has to take himself away from these situations.
“He will address the concerns of those at the club privately, and honestly.”