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Australian rocker Marc Earley facing surgery after Sydney attack

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Feb 05, 2014 | 7:29am EST

Australian rocker Marc Earley is set to undergo surgery on his hand after he was injured in a vicious attack in Sydney on Monday (03Feb14). The Growl bassist was eating at a restaurant in the Surrey Hills area of the city in the early hours of Monday after his band's performance at Sunday's (02Feb14) Laneway Festival when an unidentified man approached the table. He covered Earley's eyes with his hand and then bent the rocker's ring finger back until it snapped. The attack caused two fractures and he has jetted to Western Australia to see a specialist in a bid to save the use of his finger. Fans have flooded an online fundraising site with donations to help pay for the operation and his rehabilitation, garnering over $2,000 (£12,000) in 24 hours. Earley is now preparing for surgery on Thursday (06Feb14). In a post on the fundraising page thanking fans for their generosity, he writes, "I am totally overwhelmed by the support and donations by the public in response to my injuries from Monday's incident. My injury is very serious, with only a 50 per cent 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." Police in Sydney are currently investigating the incident.

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