A WOMAN was glassed in the face – three weeks before her wedding.
And a Huddersfield Giants player is being quizzed on suspicion of assault.
Greg Johnson, 20, a winger in the Super League squad for the current season, was arrested over the alleged attack on Belinda Coldwell.
She spent hours in hospital after the early-hours attack at a Huddersfield bar on Sunday and there were initially fears for the sight in her left eye.
She saw a specialist yesterday and has been told she may need an operation to repair damage – a move which could mean she is unable to go on honeymoon.
It is a real blow to Miss Coldwell, who is also worried that the stitches and bruising will be visible when she marries fiance Chris Kelly on March 5.
The pair were out with friends at the weekend when Miss Coldwell, 26 today, was hurt.
Miss Coldwell, of Crosland Moor, who is a receptionist at an accountancy firm, has been going out with Chris for six years and they were at a leaving party for his cousin.
“We were in Yates Bar in King Street late on Saturday night and had a lovely evening.
“Chris and I decided to leave and I was on my way to the toilet when a man came up. He grabbed my breast and I was stunned. “I could not believe anyone would do such a thing and I slapped him in the face. The next thing I knew was a glass being launched at my face. He didn’t say a thing.
“Chris ran to help me and shouted at the door staff to stop the man.
“I had blood pouring down my face and I could not see out of my left eye. An ambulance took me to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary but staff there said I had to go to Calderdale Royal Hospital to see an eye specialist.
“He saw me about 4am in the morning. He put stitches in my nose and in my eyelid and said he hoped the vision in my eye would come back. It is improving but is still very blurred.
“We are getting married on March 5 at Huddersfield Methodist Mission and are planning a big do for family and friends.
“We have been together for six years and I have been waiting for this day for so long.
“I just hope the bruises and swelling have gone down by then and I can cover up with make-up.”
Police confirmed they received a call to Yates Bar at 1am on Saturday.
Door staff had detained a man but he escaped, but was then followed by Street Marshals through the town centre and detained by police at Aspley.
A spokesman said: “A 20-year-old man was arrested and questioned on suspicion of assault and wounding. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.”
Johnson, a 20-year-old winger, is Number 31 in the Giants’ squad for the 2011 season. He is 178cms tall and weighs 94 kilos. He was not in the party which earned a memorable win over Warrington Wolves in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium earlier on Saturday and is currently on a season-long loan to Batley Bulldogs.
Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: “I understand that Greg Johnson has been detained following an incident at the weekend.
“The club will carry out its own investigation but I can confirm that he has been suspended from all club activities with immediate effect.
“As a case is pending the club will make no further comment.”