The Sun says Drinkwater was battered by thugs after trying to bed another footballer's girlfriend.
He was thrown out by security before a gang of up to six men attacked him with a blunt object. A source said: “It was incredibly nasty with blood everywhere."
Thugs jumped on the footballer's ankle in the vicious nightclub attack and chanted: “Break his legs."
The pair scuffled before bouncers at Manchester's Chinawhite club ejected Drinkwater. Outside up to six men jumped on him, leaving him with “horrendous" injuries.
A source said: “At one point he was curled up in a ball on the ground, as they repeatedly jumped up and down on his ankle and shouting, 'Break his legs'."
“They knew he was a Premier League star and it was his livelihood. There was blood everywhere, and it was all incredibly nasty."