A man was rushed to hospital with head injuries after being attacked after an argument outside a popular Blackpool bar.
Police say the 40-year-old victim smashed his head on the pavement after the unprovoked assault outside Revolution, on Market Street, yesterday.
Detectives said he took a turn for the worse on the journey to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and it was initially feared his injuries were more serious.
But he has since made a recovery and was yesterday discharged.
Police say he is now helping them with their inquiries.
The victim is believed to have been selling magazines and was seen talking to three young men at the time of the incident.
The youths are thought to have become verbally aggressive before one of them punched him.
Detectives are now hunting the trio and have appealed for witnesses to the assault, which took place at around 2am yesterday.
Det Sgt Kathryn Riley said: “It appears one of the youths has punched him and he has fallen and hit his head.
“I think there has been a verbal altercation that the three youths have instigated and one of them has escalated it further.
“Fortunately the victim is not as poorly as was first thought and he has now been discharged from hospital.
“We are speaking to him now he is in a state where we can talk to him and we have also spoken to a few other witnesses.
“But if anybody was outside the Revolution bar at around 1.50am, I would ask them to get in touch.”
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 2am and took a patient to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“A man was attacked and police were on the scene.
“There was some bleeding from his head but the victim was conscious and completely alert.
“His condition was not thought to be serious but his condition worsened en route to the hospital.”
A police spokesman said: “We received a report at around 2am that a 40-year-old man had been attacked.
“He hit his head and was taken to hospital.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool Police on 101 and should quote log number 0079 of September 2.