A taxi driver who picked up an injured man in Slateford is being sought by police.
The man hailed a cab in the Robertson Avenue area at on the evening on Monday October 7 around about 11pm.
The driver spoke with his passenger for some time and expressed concern for his injuries before driving him to his home in Leith, where he was dropped off after having paid the £12 fare.
Detective Sergeant Mike Leask, based at Corstorphine, is leading the enquiry and is keen to speak to the cabbie.
He said: “We are now treating this as attempted murder as the passenger sustained severe facial injuries and the enquiry team are keen to trace the taxi driver to take a statement from him. I would appeal to all taxi drivers working in Edinburgh last Monday night who either had this man as a passenger, or knows a colleague who did, to get in touch with Police Scotland by calling 101 or contacting us anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”