A 25-year-old man has been charged over the alleged king hit on West Coast footballer Will Schofield.
Victoria Police revealed the Bell Post Hill man had been charged with intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury.
He has been bailed to appear in Geelong Magistrate’s Court next month.
Schofield will miss the team's remaining match for 2013 after suffering facial injuries, including a fractured cheekbone, in an incident while out socialising in Geelong last Saturday night.
Eagles management yesterday released a statement stating Schofield was involved in "an unprovoked attack" after being granted permission by the club to stay on in Melbourne after the loss to Collinwgood last Friday night.
"He was out with friends on Saturday night and they were walking to their vehicle when they were attacked," the statement said.
The club later said Schofield was attacked about 1am "from behind by an unknown man".
Schofield sought medical treatment and the incident was reported to Victoria Police.
Geelong detectives had indicated they were talking to a person in relation to the attack.
The 24-year-old, who has played 94 games for the Eagles, is back in Perth but won't require surgery.
Eagles teammate Chris Masten said yesterday he would seek out Schofield and “give him a cuddle”.
Masten said today he had yet to see Schofield and was unsure how he was in the wake of the attack.
“I will try and catch him if I can and make sure he is all right, give him a little bit of a cuddle – he probably needs it," Masten said. “We are good mates.”
Masten said he was unaware of the details of the incident but conceded AFL players were a target when out in public.
“Definitely,” he said. “Especially a big fella like Schoey, he sort of stands out a bit as well.
“I think it was completely unprovoked with what happened.
“Obviously he was back in his home town as well so people probably know who he was and try to make a name for themselves or whatever it is, so it’s not great.
“He (Schofield) is annoying, he is grumpy and he’s negative but he is a big, cuddly bear, he wouldn’t hurt a fly.“It is just one of those things, walking back to his car or whatever and if some bloke wants to go you he is going to go you.”