Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy was pictured leaving court today after being released on bail ahead of his rape trial.
The French left-back, 27, had been remanded in custody since his first court appearance in August.
The footballer had spent Christmas at top-security prison Strangeways after being moved from Category B jail HMP Altcourse.
But Mendy, who is is accused of seven counts of rape and one of sexual assault against five women aged over 16, has now been freed on bail.
He was pictured leaving Chester Crown Court in a yellow and green prison jumpsuit while wearing handcuffs.
Judge Patrick Thompson released him during a private hearing today but imposed a list of “stringent” conditions.
He must surrender his passport, live at his home address, and make no contact with complainants.