Crystal Palace midfiedler Jason Puncheon to stand trial for assault

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Alyson Rudd

Puncheon's belt buckle allegedly connected with a bouncer's head while he was swinging it around his headAdrian Dennis/Getty Images

Jason Puncheon's season went from bad to worse after he was ordered to stand trial in June for an alleged assault on a security guard at a nightclub. The Crystal Palace midfield player, already sidelined for the rest of the season because of the damage that he sustained to his cruciate knee ligament during his side's draw against Manchester City on New Year's Eve, entered not guilty pleas to charges of causing fear or provocation of violence, common assault and a section four public order offence when he appeared at Guildford magistrates' court yesterday. Puncheon, 31, had to attend court on crutches because of the injury he suffered when fouling Kevin De Bruyne in the closing stages against City.

The prosecution told the court that...

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