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The Growl's Marc Earley Calls Violent Attack His 'Worst Nightmare'

6 February 2014 | 8:43 am | Staff Writer

The bassist will undergo surgery today

Marc Earley, bassist for Perth psych rockers The Growl, has broken his silence over the alleged unprovoked assault he was the victim of this past weekend, saying that his injury is "very serious" and there is only a 50% chance he'll regain normal movement of his injured finger.

In a statement released late last night, Earley thanked fans for raising over $20,000 in just 24 hours after news of the attack broke on Tuesday and also revealed he would be undergoing surgery today.

“I am totally overwhelmed by the support and donations by the public in response to my injuries from Monday's incident. This truly is my worst nightmare and while in the past few days it's been incredibly hard comprehending the impact this injury will have on my abilities to keep playing music; seeing all the support from everyone has been the best positive distraction for me.

“My injury is very serious, with only a 50% chance of regaining normal movement. I will be going into surgery tomorrow and then entering in an intensive daily rehab program. I'm not expected to see the true idea of how successful the procedure was until the 12-month mark.

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“Thanks to everyone's donations I've been able to get the best hand surgeon in WA as well be under the best rehab care available. There is no way this could have happened without everyone's support.

"I am eternally grateful for everyone's support, as well my family, friends, band mates, and especially my brother Cam Avery for organising this whole fundraiser. It's thanks to all of you that I have the best chance of recovering from this terrible incident.”

His alleged attacker is said to have intentionally broken Earley's ring finger during an incident in Sydney's Surry Hills. It has not yet been revealed whether anyone has been arrested over the attack.

Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that through the donation campaign that was set up to help Earley with the impending medical costs, $20,000 had already been raised.