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By ESPN Staff

Reading striker Lita arrested over 'headbutt attack'

Reading striker Leroy Lita was today arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly headbutted a man during a night out.

Lita, 21, is being questioned by police in Bristol over the alleged attack, which is said to have taken place in the Haymarket area of the city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The England Under-21 striker, who signed for the Premiership newcomers last summer from Bristol City for £1million, has been accused of leaving his alleged victim with a black eye.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: 'A 21-year-old man from Reading voluntarily attended Trinity Road Police Station in Bristol at 8.30am today, where he was arrested on suspicion of GBH.

'His arrest follows the alleged assault of a 24-year-old man from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Haymarket.'

Lita was later released on bail pending further inquiries, a force spokesman confirmed.

He is due to return to the same police station at the end of September.

The Congo-born forward, who scored Reading's winner against Middlesbrough in the opening game of the season, is expected to be released on bail later today.

Lita played for Reading in their 1-0 defeat against Wigan on Saturday. A club spokesman has confirmed they were in contact with police over the alleged incident.

'We are aware of the reported incident and we are in contact with Bristol police.

'We have no further comment to make at this stage.'

Lita was the Berkshire club's record signing when he moved to the Madejski Stadium in 2005.

He started his career at Chelsea as a trainee, before joining Bristol City, where he quickly established himself as the club's top striker and a firm favourite with the fans.