The Travis frontman Fran Healy has undergone emergency surgery after a sausage dog attack left him unable to play a guitar chord.
Last month, the 48-year-old was left in agony when he rushed to help a Dachshund stranded in the middle of a busy road in Los Angeles, only for it to “maul” him.
At the time of the ordeal, which happened near his Hollywood home, the singer bled heavily and drove to a hospital emergency department to heal his wounds.
But just as Healy thought his recovery was in full swing, he hit a new hurdle: playing the D chord on the guitar.
He revealed on Twitter on Wednesday: “So the latest in my sausage dog saga. I was referred to a hand specialist because, despite the wound healing, I still couldn’t play D on my guitar.
“The middle finger on the left hand was sticking 1cm above the string. The doc had me have an MRI which revealed fluid on the joints and possible torn tendon.
“So today I’m going in for emergency surgery to see what the damage is and to repair it. I’ll never look at a sausage the same way again.”
Healy remained in upbeat spirits online, posting pictures from his hospital bed and later showing a large bandage covering his hand and wrist.
The unfortunate turn of events began on October 14 when Healy tried to help the sausage dog after stumbling across a three-car pile up near his home in the Hollywood Hills.
The dog was later recaptured unharmed and returned to its owner, who lives in a property formerly owned by Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks.