A footballer who tried to break up an on-street brawl is facing surgery on his birthday after he was the victim of a one-punch attack in Melbourne.

Chevy Anderson, a 27-year-old carpenter who plays with the Balwyn Tigers FC, left the Swan Hotel in Richmond with his teammates early on Sunday morning.

They diffused a fight between a group of young men nearby, but as the footy players walked away, the men approached them again.

Football player Chevy Anderson is facing surgery after a one-punch attack. (9News)

One team member, Jye Chirgwin, said Mr Anderson had been backing away when he was hit.

“He fell straight back onto his head and was out for a few seconds,” the man said.

“And then as he started getting up, that’s when the blood started coming everywhere and he’s fallen back over.”

A passing ambulance stopped immediately to help, but Mr Anderson’s friends claimed the attackers walked away, and were only about 50m up the road when police arrived.

A 20-year-old Mt Eliza man was arrested and is set to be charged with assault.

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