Two men have appeared in court charged with assisting a man accused of carrying out a hammer attack in Lincoln city centre.
Alex Richard Taylor, of Eastbourne Street, Lincoln, and Daniel Ross Burrell, of St Nicholas Street, Lincoln, both 22, spoke only to confirm their names during a preliminary hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.
The two men were charged with assisting Lincoln man Kristopher Bradley, also 22, following an alleged hammer attack on Scunthorpe rugby player Matthew Probert.
No pleas were entered and Judge Micheal Heath granted Taylor and Burrell conditional bail. They will next appear at Lincoln Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on February 13.
Bradley, of Kent Street, Lincoln, has denied a charge of attempting to murder Mr Probert and is due to stand trial at Lincoln Crown Court next month.
Mr Probert, 21, was taken to hospital after he was slumped against a wall with the claw of a hammer protruding from his skull. It took doctors an hour to remove the hammer.
A first team loose head prop for Scunthorpe Rugby Club, Mr Probert had been on a night out in Lincoln celebrating a team mate's 21st birthday when the incident happened after midnight on September 1.
He was taken to Lincoln County Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
Surgeons spent an hour removing the hammer from Mr Probert's skull and he remained in hospital for a week.
The incident took place in the Hungate area of Lincoln city centre.
Scunthorpe club captain Tom Foster described Mr Probert as "the life and soul of the rugby club" and chairman Lew Clayton said he had been missed around the club.