The England midfielder was the victim of a sucker punch during an incident in a Liverpool club in the early hours of Monday morning, when he was knocked to the floor by a stranger.
Yet despite reports to the contrary, the 23 year old Everton star was not knocked out, and did not suffer any concussion of any form – both of which would have sidelined him for the weekend showdown with Burnley.
Barkley returned to full training with the Blues on the Monday after the incident, and was examined by club medics, who must now follow strict guidelines relating to head injuries.
He was quickly given a clean bill of health and the all clear to play matches, as the first team squad went through their warm down routine, following the victory over Champions Leicester on Sunday.
Everton officials have also made clear that the player WILL NOT be disciplined in any form for the incident, which occurred in a cocktail bar following the game, where Barkley had gone to wind down with friends.
Club sources said he was not in breach of any rules, and was under no curfew, with players given permission to head into the city centre following the game.
The player himself revealed that he did not know the man who attacked him, through a statement issued by his legal team which confirmed the midfielder was the “innocent victim in this unprovoked assault made without warning by a stranger.”
The whole incident – thought to have occurred around 1am – was captured on CCTV, and was later uploaded onto the internet, with the tape going viral.
Barkley’s legal representatives confirmed they have not yet made a formal complaint to police, and are considering their options, but a spokesperson for Merseyside Police said they are now making enquiries, after being made aware of the footage.