A judge has rejected a request from a footballer facing a driving charge to have his trial delayed until the close-season.
Sheffield United striker Marlon King was appearing at Nottingham Crown Court for a brief hearing where he denied dangerous driving - which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.
King, a former Premier League player, was charged following a three-car crash which left another motorist with a fractured elbow. He is alleged to have committed the offence on his 33rd birthday while driving on the A46 in Nottinghamshire.
King, who was granted bail, joined his current club earlier this year and has scored one goal in nine appearances. The Jamaican international, from Torksey, Lincolnshire, has also played for clubs including Nottingham Forest, Watford, Wigan and Birmingham City.
Judge Jonathan Teare QC set a trial date for next March, saying: "I don't wish to have any impact on either your client or his team but I also don't wish to have any adverse impact on the witnesses."
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