A POPULAR Black Country musician was this week fighting back from critical injuries after he was stabbed in Dudley.

Jack Turley, aged 25, of Dudley punk pop band The Fight, and 21-year-old friend Faid Saleh were injured in Cromwell Street, Kates Hill, at around 9.10pm on Sunday November 13.

The pair were both taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and were today (Wednesday) said to be in a critical but stable condition.

Jack, whose band toured extensively in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe, underwent further surgery on Tuesday.

His mum Maria Turley said: “It’s been absolutely horrendous.

“He suffered a major stab wound to his abdomen and they said it was touch and go on Sunday but they took him out of his coma on Tuesday and pulled the breathing apparatus off so he’s self-supported now.

“He’s still in intensive care and he’s still in pain but he’s been speaking to the nursing staff and apologised to them for causing them trouble - that’s just Jack.”

The talented drummer’s band fronted by sister Kate built up a strong fan base in Stourbridge before heading Stateside to perform on the Vans Warped Tour back in 2005.

These days he’s been concentrating on producing and works as a civil engineer.

Jack is expected to remain in hospital for some time but his mum said the many messages of support received from friends and relatives have been helping the family to stay strong.

She said: “The support has been phenomenal. I’m over-awed by the amount of good wishes and messages we’ve had.”

Dudley teenager Sean Davies, aged 19, of Cromwell Street, was arrested following the stabbing and charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He appeared before Dudley magistrates on Tuesday and was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on February 7.

A second man arrested following the incident, also 19, has been released on police bail.