Police are hunting two masked men who carried out an early morning attack in Kincardine.
The men, wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, approached their 23-year-old victim at around 7am on Monday before assaulting him.
The incident happened on Silver Street.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment but later discharged.
Police are appealing for information in a bid to find those responsible.
Detective Inspector Colin Robson of Dunfermline CID said: “This assault has left a man needing hospital treatment and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Silver Street, Kincardine, and who saw anything suspicious.
“Anyone with information that can assist us with our inquiries is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”