Detective Constable Gardiner said: “We received a report shortly before 2:10 am that a man, aged in his 50s, had been assaulted by three males in the Donegall Road area sometime between 1 am and the time it was reported to us.
“The man sustained injuries to his head, face, and broken ribs, and was taken to hospital by the NIAS for treatment.
“A short time later, police arrested a 39-year-old man in the Donegall Road area on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He’s since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
“I want to make a number of appeals today.
“Were you in the Donegall Road area between 1am and 2:10am on Monday? Did you witness the assault? Did you see three males acting suspiciously in the area?
“If you have information you believe may assist our investigation, or can help us identify the suspects, please call detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 74 of 05/11/18.”
Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.