Benjamin Mendy has been released on bail after four months in prison.
The 27-year-old Manchester City and France defender who is accused of seven rapes and one sexual assault, was granted bail after an application by his defence team at Chester Crown Court.
He allegedly raped a woman while he was on police bail in August, before entering custody 134 days ago, in September.
The France international was held at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool, before recently being transferred to HMP Manchester, better known as Strangeways, just before Christmas.
The Premier League star has been told he will be the subject of ‘stringent’ conditions while on bail.
Mendy will stand trial for the rape and sexual assault charges later this year. His trial was initially scheduled for January 2022, but has been put back.
Following the initial charges, Mendy was issued a suspension by Premier League champions Man City.
He joined Man City for £52million from Monaco in 2017 and has made 75 appearances for City, with one of those coming in the 2021-22 campaign.