Joey Barton will be sued by Ousmane Dabo following their punch-up in training this week.
"It is Barton's cowardice that upsets me most," Dabo, 31, said from his home. "The fact that I look like the Elephant Man and will not be able to play again this season is bad enough, but what I find most shocking is that he [Barton] struck me first from behind and then repeatedly when I was down on the ground. He is a coward and his actions are despicable. This is why I'm in serious discussions with my lawyers to see what actions I can take. This should not be allowed to happen."