Former Rangers player David Healy has been accused of assault, it was revealed in court today.

The 33-year-old striker, who has scored 34 international goals for Northern Ireland, did not attend Laganside Magistrates' Court for his first appearance this morning.

He is accused of assaulting James Geroid Crossan on May 26 last year.

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Healy's defence solicitor Richard McConkey requested a two week adjournment for the case.

Healy, from Castleview Terrace, Killyleagh in Co Down, currently plays for English first division side Bury.

The Northern Ireland international moved to Rangers from Sunderland in January 2011 and left the club in June 2012 after his contract expired.

In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for services to football and the community - the same year he scored 13 goals in the qualifying competition for the 2008 European Championship - the highest total in the competition's history.

Healy, who came through Manchester United`s youth system, has also played for Leeds United, Fulham, Sunderland .

District Judge Ken Nixon said the case would be listed again in two weeks time.